There's definitely some sense in which the Protestant work ethic has been used to explain and justify entrenched racial inequities that also benefit those doing the explaining. That hard-working black people have held the same values as everyone else for generations is inconvenient and can’t have anything to do with the reverberating effects of, for instance, systemic housing discrimination since the 1940s.
What are we left with when the backbone of modern American music (one of the few true gifts baby boomers will have bequeathed to us) breaks? Teenybopper love songs and mumble rap, that's what. Wither the old gods.