But what is society doing wrong that these guys can't seem to wrap their heads around wealth to begin with?
It isn't so much society in general, but the black community itself that seems to have a problem with what it takes to get out of the vicious cycle of poverty and crime.
I've known blacks, even back when I was growing up, that during HS were working hard to get an education, taking part in scholastic function, like president of student council, etc. They were often shunned or ridiculed by their peers for "acting white". I was shocked to hear this.
I think that is a large part of what the problem is. The culture, at least of the lower end of the class system, of blacks don't promote things like getting an education and working hard to be successful in today's society as something to strive for. However, thug life, gangsta rap type trappings, and professional athletes are the main heroes that are held up as something to emulate.
I think this is part of the problem, and it is not something that you can legislate away.
This general type of attitude is something that can ONLY be fixed from the inside of the community itself, and so far, this isn't being pushed. And sadly, you often see folks that DO escape from this cycle of poverty into successful jobs and neighborhoods, they also shun the lower end and often understandably so, as that they don't want their kids around that culture.