You can always find individual stories of people who aren't doing well today, but I talking about America as a whole.
Life for a white male like myself (and I assume Nat) was probably pretty damn good in 1960. But imagine being a black woman that year. Here in Nashville, in 1960 a black woman's career choice was either a domestic or a teacher in an all black sub standard school or maybe a nurse at the all black hospital. Now in the Nashville of 2007, a black woman can be whatever she wants to be.
Lots of this has to do with one's background. I'm not accusing anyone around here of any kind of ism. But the country is changing rapidly demographically. I think lots of white men are just uncomfortable by the fact that we now have to share being on top with people of different races and sexes.