"I think the mainstream culture created this illusion of a Black middle class to divide and conquer, to keep Black folks confused and trapped in the system ("haves" and "have nots")."
Hey, even white/Western culture is an illusion. People just agree that it's real. That's why people get all confused. It confused me for years until I realized that I was giving my full attention to Western standards and ideals.
"Trials and tribulations make you stronger live longer You wanna reach the nation nigga start from your corner Everything in life don't always happen like you plan it Demand it, overstand it, then you handle it Fuck wishing, you missing the ambition in your mission Now you switching, why you quitting 'cuz it's heat in the kitchen? --Big Boi
"Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you or forsake you". So we may boldly say, "The Lord is my helper, I will not fear. What can man do to me?" -- Hebrews 13:5,6
"There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path" --Morpheus in "The Matrix"
"It's our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities"- Dumbledore to Harry Potter "Chamber of Secrets"