With all the programs to help African Americans specifically, I can see how you could think that the poor whites are being overlooked. The thing is, they're not being forgotten as much as they're being dismissed.
Lets face it though, the percentages for unemployed black men are staggering. There is a fine line bet weening feeding a cycle of dependency and lending a helping hand.
I don't know how often you get to any inner cities, but they're not exactly white collar, and customer service isn't going to work for obvious reasons of their own creation, so what's left for them?
Welfare laws are a huge problem (some make more not working), incarceration is a problem, out of wedlock births and starting in a hole are a problem, dropping out is a problem. Some they can't control, others they can, and don't...at least not well enough in a civilized society.