What Price Prejudice? On the Economics of Discrimination, No. 3, 1962
WHITNEY M. YOUNG JR.
When Whitney Young delivered this address to the National Conference of Social Welfare in New York City, he was the executive director of the National Urban League. Young pointed to the destructive effects of economic inequality on the Black family. Soon civil rights activists would look beyond the "de jure" segregation of the South to the "de facto" segregation and poverty imposed on black people throughout the United States.
. . . Is there any relationship between the economic condition of Negro citizens and the amount of family disorganization? I said to the person, as I say to you, with, a restraint and a patience that is as long as my answer was brief, the answer to your erudite question is yes.
Let us for a few moments put it in its simplest terms. What does being without money mean in a society whose values are highly materialistic, whose consumer production everywhere displayed are