Black Children Who Read are Not Worse Off Than White Children

[T]he poverty rate among black married couples has been less than 10 percent every year since 1994 … As far back as 1969, young black males whose homes included newspapers, magazines, and library cards … had similar incomes to … [those of] their white counterparts … [A]cademic outcomes show a pattern of disparities similar to the pattern of disparities in the amount of time devoted to schoolwork … Apparently … lifestyle choices have major consequences.

Thomas Sowell, Discrimination and Disparities