I know that the parent comment seems racist, but there really is a devaluation of education in many minority communities. Bill Cosby took a lot of heat for bringing that theory up.
A lot of the problem comes down to income inequality, and fewer minority students being able to afford college outright. There are tons of scholarships available to minority students, but many qualified young men and women don't even know what opportunities are available to them because they don't know how the system works.
So there is a schism in the US about what to do about these minority populations. One side says we need to give disadvantaged people more money so that they can gain parity with wealthier people. Another side says that it's not money that's needed, but hard work and ambition. Both sides are wrong, because giving money to someone who is uneducated in how to spend it wisely will lead to those people becoming disadvantaged again; and on the other front, jobs that offer decent pay for many hours of unskilled work are simply not available.
America is in a real Catch-22, and our political leaders, instead of trying to solve the problem, spout out polarizing language that promotes division and hate. Republicans have their problems, but Democrats need to realize that they are part of the problem, too. President Obama has constantly used intense rhetoric in a bid to sway public opinion towards his side. BBC News quotes him as saying that conservatives are trying to use "coercion," "extortion," and many other high-stakes words that we associate with negativity when debating what to do about our debts.
Every time he does that, he creates more animosity between the "haves" and the "have nots." He purposely does it for political gain, because it wins him and his party votes. The Republicans need no explaining, as they aren't as difficult to figure out. All of this bickering is bad for all Americans, not just poor and middle class people---and it's not going to stop until, by some miracle, we get another person like Bill Clinton, who will reach across the aisle and not have a built-in vendetta against the other side.
People are so worried about proving the "other side" wrong that they are missing the bigger goal of fixing a nation with a lot of income disparity. Two simultaneous conditions are required to fix the income gap: more income for lower earning people, and a shift in culture among those same people towards investing in education.
Just walking around a university campus, you can tell the difference between the black guy from America and the black guy from Burkina Faso, Just the same, you can tell the difference between the latino guy from America and the latino from Columbia. The issue is economic and cultural, and both aspects need to change for there to be any progress.
Please, vote for a third party. Or write in the name of your cat on the ballot when you vote. Just do something to keep get our leaders to recognize that they are dumb-asses.