USA: Blacks, Hispanics = anti-intellectual culture

the consensus is that the low black and Hispanic scores are a function of economic deprivation, meaning that they are society's fault. By contrast, O'Connell is arguing that the problem is caused by a distinctive black and Hispanic culture. In comparison to the socio-economic explanation, his idea sounds daringly new, even right-wing, because it implies that it's not society causing the problem, but blacks, as blacks, and therefore it is only blacks, as blacks, who can change their culture.