Mary Pattillo

Mary Pattillo

The Black Middle Class

Uncover the experiences of middle class African Americans.


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POLL QUESTION

Is affirmative action still necessary?

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Racial Dialogue

Has political correctness impaired racial dialogue?


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ABOUT THE EPISODE

Mary Pattillo discusses the rarely studied and often overlooked African American middle class.

Discover the history of the black middle class, learn about conflicts between middle class and poor African Americans, and find out how the election of President Obama has altered the dialogue.

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For a captioned version of this interview, go to YouTube.

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ABOUT THE GUEST

Mary Pattillo is one of the leading sociologists on race and class in the 21st century.

She is professor of sociology and African American studies at Northwestern University and author of “Black Picket Fences,” which takes a candid look at the rarely studied black middle class.

Take a photo tour of Mary Pattillo’s neighborhood in Chicago.

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PENN STATE CONNECTION

Penn State Department of Sociology & Crime, Law, and Justice

WHERE TO WATCH

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Tuesday, July 14 at 7pm
Thursday, July 16 at 4pm
Friday, July 17 at 9am

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Thursday, July 23 at 9pm

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