Particularly in the United States, class and race seem to be interrelated, i.e., people are generally separated by both their wealth and by their race. Given the history of racism in the United States, a possible explanation of the interrelation of classism and racism is that racial prejudice continues to make it difficult for people of minority races to excel to the same degree as those in the majority class.
This explanation is an attempt to explain why it is that americans of minority races are less likely to obtain a college education, or why they are more likely to live below the poverty line.
I am interested in whether there are people who have explored alternative hypotheses including a story like the following: Racism has continued to decline in its effect and if measures being taken (affirmative action, race education, etc.) continue as they are racism will eventually have minimal effect. Even if this were correct, those of minority race continue under a different kind of oppression; they still statistically make less money and are given less opportunities for education. But if racism isn't the cause, it might be classism alone.
To test this hypothesis we would need to collect data about questions like the following:
- How well do minority children of wealthy parents fare in comparison to both majority and minority children with parents with lower incomes?
- How is a child's success influenced by interracial adoptions between the minority and majority class?
A good answer to my question would point in the direction of the popular literature on this subject, and possibly describe the popular viewpoints being discussed.