Disclaimer-I am not just white and I was raised in many, many black foster homes. Though a disclaimer isn't really needed but given what I am about to say I don't want anyone to confuse it with racism, just simple observation.
Here in the south it seems that being "ghetto" or "from the hood" is deemed acceptable and almost desirable to teens. It seems to be a horrible cycle of blaming white people for their inability to do better for themselves instead of taking control and getting themselves out of the "hood". Where as in many other parts of the country, blacks who grow up in the hood strive to do better for themselves and their future children. It is an easy way out to blame others for their own failures and to stay stuck in the religious ways while at the same time claiming they are left behind.
Granted, in the south there really is a good bit of racism, adults control their own lives and can choose to overcome the issues. Instead they find comfort in the victim mentality. I think lower education can have a great deal to do with it. It's hard to do better for yourself or see outside of the box if you aren't educated.
I have a very good friend who is a mid 50's black woman. She pushed through a crappy life here in the south to become a well off black woman. She raised her children with manners, self respect, and love for all. The result? Fellow black people treated her poorly and claimed she was raising "white kids". Instead of just seeing them as educated young men they were called white as an insult. It seems those still living in the victim mentality simply aren't happy with their fellow blacks unless they are also living the hood life. Very sad.
It's hard being a minority in the south, which is even more of a reason for them to refuse to have such an unrealistic view of their own lives.