One of the biggest reasons that black america is in such dumps has to be how it has become culturally accepted to be a, For a lack of a better phrase, "A dumb nigger" in the strictly stereotypical way. Even those in the middle/uppermiddle class neighborhood I lived in which meant they had no real reason to try to act "street" as they were out of the "ghetto". Those who do not conform to the stereotype get outcasted and become targets for bullies and general cruelty by their peers. As what happened in my younger days with my family and their close friends and the kids around the neighborhood. Worse yet so many "leaders" within the black community instead of trying to do something about it. Ignore it or just blame it all on white people... Which too many of them just accept the blame.
It also leads to an interesting double standard. Acknowledging and showcasing and praising hiphop culture doesn't lead to any sort of real backlash for whites as the idea of the 'black gangbanger" seems to have become part of the PC blame game. It is ok to say "That is just their culture so don't be ignorant and just accept it don't be racist" but to say "You know, Maybe it would be a better idea if a black guy cared more about education instead of bling" would cause somebody white their job.
It is as if there is a massive effort by people to make sure that street culture stays within the black community. Using the media as a big front to push such a mindset on everybody. Take Bill Cosby, Basically doing nothing more than saying "Hey, Go to school, being a drug dealer is bad, speak decent english instead of trying to be street" and every mainstream news outlet did NOTHING but downplay what he said and alluded that he was going crazy. Even our civil leaders did the same.
What was so bad about his message? I can think of one. If Black men took it to heart in big numbers those who are making money in the current street "pop-culture" that is in the mainstream media. Thats right, We are being sold a bill of goods so others can make money and get rich. Specifically, White rich Jewish men who are getting richer off sending black america to the trash. BET got bought out by Viacom[Jewish owned] and has been pushing that same bling culture only. It is also pushed by their other stations MTV and UPN, UPN with all of their crappy "black" sitcoms that push only certain ideas on what being a "black male" should be like. Complete with the black guy who is a complete "nerd" who speaks "white" who doesn't understand the latest "black" trends and listens to rock and roll. Who ends up the butt of the rest of the characters jokes and bullying as well as that one episode where they try to make him "cool" and "black" for his benefit.
While black women on a whole do better on the education and job front as it is just fine to protray a hard working and educated "sista" on TV and push it into mainstream culture[One of the very few things Feminism got right] they still fall for the same nonsense as black males. As they belive the concept and stereotype of black men they see in pop culture[pushed by white jewish men for money btw] and belive THAT is what is attractive. Thus, Even starting from a young age. A black boy who shows decent morals and works hard at his education and future is seem as a "loser" by black girls around him. Or at least till he makes a shit load of money since he managed to use his degree he worked hard at. Then he is sought after.
Young impressionable black boys don't have much of a chance.