Baloney. It takes good mentoring, hard work, determination, and a bit of luck for anyone to be successful. You make it sound like middle-class people fall into a successful lifestyle, or have it handed to them. Some blacks are fed a line that the system is rigged to keep them down, and they use that as a reason to stop trying. They feel if you don't try, you can't fail, and it's someone else's fault. It doesn't mean that it actually is someone else's fault. Yet many rural whites (and some blacks) do fine struggling as farmers or whatever, without relying on welfare. How does handing people a living (through welfare) make them feel valued in a way that leads to them contributing to society? Take away the welfare, and able-bodied people will make an effort to get a job, and they will make an effort to keep that job.