How African-Americans were 'shut out' of the American dream

April 25, 2017 | Market Place |

Bob Herbert’s new documentary “Against All Odds: The Fight For a Black Middle Class,” which airs on the PBS World channel this Tuesday, looks at the specific practices that institutions have employed against black men and women. (You can watch the full documentary here.)

If you want to build wealth, a good job and that first family home are crucial, Herbert said. But African-Americans were historically barred from most good jobs until the latter part of the 20th century, and were prevented from attaining decent housing.

“African-Americans were shut out of the American dream," he said. [...]