Generally, the black middle class has the opinion that persistence of the poor black working class concentrated in the inner city or rural areasm which carries with it all the cyclical pathologies associated with poverty, and continues to plague "blacks as a group", i.e., to draw media attention away from the more fortunate and affluent members of the black community. The black middle class tends to believe that the presence of a large portion of poor blacks in the country distorts the collective image of blacks.
Just as whites and others who have risen into the bourgeoisie have historically looked down upon the working class from which they originated, many in the black middle class believe that the blacks who are left behind in poor and working class conditions are actually lazy and ignorant. Many blacks who progressed from inner city slums to the suburbs often express detached feelings toward blacks remaining in ghettos. This is especially true of black athletes, doctors, actors, and so forth. . Renowned black comedian Bill Cosby has spoken out to this effect.
I'm sure there are those of us who do this. It is pretty easy to do. The flip side of this is that there are those who aren't very well to do who will look at middle class blacks with a certain amount of envy, hatred, or whatever verb is appropriate here. Tough call of course unfortunately the answer isn't going to be to just run away from those left behind and then call them lazy.
One could say that way back when in say Bronzeville blacks of all classes could live next door to each other. Today one can say this may not be all that true in black communities. Well I don't know the question is what should we do with the less fortunate in the black community call them lazy or do what we can to make success a great cultural value. And that's not to say that's the only thing.
Well what say you?