NPR’s piece Redefining What It Means to Be Black in America examines a new Pew Research Center poll regarding perceptions within the African-American community about the community. From the summary: “African Americans see a widening gulf between the values of middle class and poor blacks, and nearly four-in-ten say that because of the diversity within their community, blacks can no longer be thought of as a single race.” The full report is here. The NPR story provides an overview of the poll which among other findings indicates that “67 percent of black men and 74 percent of black women think rap music is a bad influence on black America,” “37 percent of African Americans now agree that it is no longer appropriate to think of black people as a single race,” and “53 percent of black Americans now agree that ‘blacks who can’t get ahead are mostly responsible for their own condition.'” I have not read the report yet. There could easily be flaws in the methods used. Still, for those interested in race issues, my guess is this report provides numbers with which one will have to engage.