America has changed dramatically since then, but some very significant things have stayed the same. The segregated plantations of the South, with their underemployed and unskilled black labor, have given way to the segregated neighborhoods in the North, especially where there is a tremendous amount of underemployed and unskilled black labor. Schools segregated by law, with very few books and resources, have given way to de facto hyper-segregated schools by neighborhood, with very few books and resources. Physical enslavement is an eerie ghost of the past, but economic slavery is very real and very present in our lives. The phenomenon of black children born into poverty in one of the richest nations in the world has morphed into black children born into extreme poverty (surviving on less than $1.25 a day) in what has arguably become a much richer, much more robust nation. In 1900, very few black children attended school or college; today, black students are twice as likely as their white peers to drop out of high school, and even though they are attending college in record numbers, they still lag behind when it actually comes to completing their bachelor's degrees.