Ep. 2 – Money in the Middle: Fake Black Middle Class

On this episode of Broke-ish, Delina and Erika discuss the fake Black Middle Class. But why is it fake? What factors determine if you are in the middle class? Discover all the reasons why today, we’re living under a middle-class illusion.


Are you middle class?

The Receipts (Show Notes)

The Road to Zero Wealth: How the Racial Wealth Divide is Hollowing Out America’s Middle Class

Authors: Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, Chuck Collins, Josh Hoxie, Emanuel Nieves

Date: September 2017

  • Median household wealth for Black families = $1,700
  • Median household wealth for white families = $116,000
  • The median black family is estimated to have $0 in wealth by the year 2053


Everybody Thinks They’re Middle Class (Bloomberg)

Author: Sam Grobart

Date: September 15, 2016


Why Americans All Believe They Are ‘Middle Class’ (The Atlantic)

Author: Anat Shenker-Osorio

Date: August 1, 2013


The American Middle Class Is Losing Ground (Pew Research Center)

Author: Pew Research Center

Date: December 9, 2015


Are you in the American middle class? Find out with our income calculator (Pew Research Center)

Authors: Richard Fry and Rakesh Kochhar

Date: September 6, 2018


The richest 1 percent now owns more of the country’s wealth than at any time in the past 50 years (The Washington Post)

Author: Christopher Ingraham

Date: December 6, 2017


Defining the middle class: Cash, credentials, or culture? (Brookings Institute)

Authors: Richard V. Reeves, Katherine Guyot and Eleanor Krause

Date: Monday, May 7, 2018

  • Cash (what’s in your bank account)
  • Credentials (what’s on your resume)
  • Culture (what’s inside your head)


African Americans and the New Deal


New Deal Programs


Unions Helped Build the Black Middle Class. The Wealthy’s Political Lackeys Are Out to Gut It. (Colorlines)

Author: Rashad Robinson

Date: March 2, 2018


The Warmth of Other Suns

Author: Isabel Wilkerson

Date: 2010


How much you have to earn to be considered middle class in every US state (Business Insider)

Author: Libby Kane

Date: April 2, 2015


Which Income Class Are You? (Investopedia)

Author: Jake Frankenfield

Date: October 5, 2018


Against All Odds: The Fight for a Black Middle Class (PBS)


Black Women’s Equal Pay Day


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