Minority Millennials and the Support Gap

Back in July, we published at TDS a remarkable piece by former WaMo intern Mel Jones on the simple but debilitating fact that many minority millennials not only do not receive the kind of family financial support their white peers can count on, but are actually having to provide support to their parents at a time in life when they can least afford it.

We’ve now published a new version of the piece for the new issue of the Washington Monthly, and it’s still compelling reading. As I noted in writing about the TMS version:

[I]n small bits and pieces, the racial disparities emerge and then reinforce themselves, aggravated by discrimination in credit and housing opportunities. And the disparities are even sadder and more shocking at one of life’s most traumatic moments, the death of parents—which for many white folks means an inheritance, while for most minority folk it means funeral expenses to cover.

Please read this piece, if only to add to the arsenal of responses you should have when someone tells you people of color are now a privileged class.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.