Gene Marks, a resident of the Philly suburbs who runs a consulting firm focused on CRM for small businesses
and has been a long time blogger and contributor to several publications, got quite a reaction with this piece he contributed to Forbes: "If I Were A Poor Black Kid". It has created a bit of an uproar on the Web. While no doubt Marks' intentions were good (though perhaps self-promoting; as a Forbes contributor he gets paid by the click), the article to some reflected a presumptuous, out of touch attitude and a lack of understanding of the practical difficulties inner city kids might face.
His commentary has provoked a number of responses, both satirical and reflective, of which some of the best are linked to below:
If I Were A White, Male Middle Aged Forbes Columnist… (Color Lines)
If I Were A Poor Black Kid (Modeled Behavior)
A Muscular Empathy (The Atlantic)
If I were the 99% I'd try to be the 1% (The Economist)
Trolling The Internet With 'If I Were A Poor Black Kid' (Forbes)