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A terrible failure of black leadership in America
03-31-2006, 01:37 PM
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A terrible failure of black leadership in America
Jonah Goldberg: There’s been a terrible failure of black leadership in America
By JONAH GOLDBERG
11 hours, 53 minutes ago

Quote:There’s a lot of Marxist-infused nonsense about how economics are at the root of black America’s problems. But this doesn’t hold up to scrutiny. Of course poverty makes social pathologies worse, but it’s the pathologies that cause poverty in the first place.

Racism is surely still a problem, but it pales in comparison to family breakdown. Nothing more perpetuates the cycle of moral and financial poverty. If you are raised by two married parents today, black or white, it is unlikely that you will be poor, or poor for long. Blaming slavery and historic white racism for family erosion may be satisfying — often accurate — but it promises few solutions.

Pat Moynihan predicted all of this chaos more than 40 years ago in his report, “The Negro Family: The Case for National Action,” which urged the government to help stop black family breakdown before young men raised without fathers sowed chaos in their own community and the nation. Moynihan was greeted with denial and outrage by black and feminist ideologues, who insisted he was trying to impose white middle-class norms on the benign, even “superior,” female-headed black family. The PC mob won, and U.S. social policy was pushed in exactly the wrong direction until the welfare reform of the 1990s.
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