In this a book in, J. Owens Smith offers the most definitive and scientific explanation to the old-aged question as to the cause(s) of ethnic and racial inequality. There have been many articles and books written on this topic, but all seemed to have fallen short of offering a systematic explanation for the causes of this inequality.
In this book, Smith developed a conceptual framework by which these causes can be explained on a systematic basis. His major argument is that groups do not make it to the middle class unless they acquire a certain amount of human capital.
Groups that have made it to the middle class in America have done so because they acquired such human capital in their homeland before immigrating or the government adopted various affirmative laws to assist them in acquiring it after immigrating to America.
Smith demonstrated that the major reason that African Americans have not made it to the middle class is that the government has refused to offer them the same level of protection in acquiring human capital as it has done for other groups. He marshalled forward a voluminous amount of data to support this argument. This book offers a definitive explanation to the questions that has historically raised concerning the causes of ethnic and racial inequality. This book has contributed immensely to the knowledge in this area of inquiry.
This book offers a scientific explanation to the cause of group inequality. It consists of a comparative macro-analysis of immigrant groups from the colonial period to the present. Specifically, this book explains why some groups are able to escape the slums and others do not.