Gene Marks Takes On the Role of “A Poor Black Kid”

Every wonder what it’s really like to be a poor black kid? In an article titled “If I Were A Poor Black Kid,” Forbes contributor and Philadelphia entrepreneur Gene Marks gives it a few seconds of thought.  To save all of you busy people some time, I thought I’d share my own summary of his article. (FYI: Title stolen from my friend Joel.) Here, in short, is what Marks writes:

“If I Were A Poor Black Kid, I’d Use All the Advantages I Have from Not Being a Poor Black Kid”

Obama. Obama. Obama.

I’m not a poor black kid living in West Philadelphia. But if I were, I would study really hard and go to a good school! But I’m not a poor black kid. But if I were,  I would take advantage of each and every opportunity I could. But I’m not. But if I were a poor black kid, I would take advantage of every resource out there. But I’m not. But if I were…. But I’m not… But if I were… But I’m not.

Obama. Obama. Obama.

The end.

Okay. Maybe he says it a little differently. Or does he? You tell me.

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2 responses to “Gene Marks Takes On the Role of “A Poor Black Kid”

  1. Is this guy for real? Because I think he does not have an understanding of what “poor” really looks like.

  2. Thanks for the post. Race and class aside, I think this was a very good article; I plan to share with my husband and 9-year-old non-poor black son. Though we have a black president, we are still far from removing the institutional race and class disparities that persist in our country’s infrastructure. Brown and black children, rich and poor, are going to always have to work that much harder and SMARTER than their counterparts. Fair or not, that’s [unfortunately] the breaks. To realize it, accept it and act accordingly is what our children and families must do. Mr. Marks may be an old, bald white guy from the burbs, and not know a whole lot about the plight of poor black kids, but he still provides some valid/good points that, if followed, could prove useful and successful for any child from the inner city.

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