Gene Marks seems to think that all poor Black kids need to do differently to succeed is "be smart enough to go for it." I'll be sure to tell that to students the next time I'm in an classroom that has too many students and too few books.
I was born to a 17-year old single mother in a housing project in Louisville, Ky. I struggled through elementary, middle and high school. I was, in the words of Forbes Magazine columnist Gene Marks, a "poor black kid."