From the wild Irish slums of the 19th century Eastern seaboard, to the riot-torn suburbs of Los Ageles , there is one unmistakable lesson in American history; a community that allows a large number of men to grow up in broken families, dominated by women, never acquiring any stable relationship to male authority, never acquiring any set of rational expectations about the future -- that community asks for and gets chaos. Crime, violence, unrest, disorder -- most particularly the furious, unrestrained lashing out at the whole social structure -- that is not only to be expected; it is very near to inevitable. And it is richly deserved.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan - The Negro Family: The Case For National Action
- 71% of African American children are born into a single parent household, up from about 25% when he wrote this paper.
- This compares to 53% of Hispanic children and 36% of white children.
- Kids from homes with single and unmarried moms are five times more likely to live in poverty and 40% less likely to graduate from high school.
- Since Obama became President, African American unemployment has increased 60%.
- In that same time period, the Black/White wealth gap has grown to a 24-year high.
- African Americans who live in poverty have increased to 27%.
- Only 1.7% of Federal Small Business Administration loans went to Black businesses, compared to 8% under the administration of President George W. Bush.
What is also very interesting this graph is that the poverty rate was falling dramatically from the late 1950s into the mid 1960s. At that point, the Federal government and LBJ’s “War On Poverty” kicked in and the downward trend in reducing the poverty percentage stopped declining almost overnight. Which raises the obvious question: did the Federal government growth in welfare programs actually STOP the decline in the poverty rate?
And while the percentage of African Americans living in poverty has shrunk over the past fifty years, it is still more than double the poverty rate of white and Asian Americans and the African American poverty rate is now growing significantly faster than the poverty rate of other races:
So, maybe it is time to revisit the insights Moynihan published fifty years ago since:
- The African-American family breakdown he predicted has occurred as the Federal government and Washington political class spent more and more on welfare programs which made it easier for single parents to have and support children without a family infrastructure to make it happen.
- African American kids’ futures are not much better than they were fifty years ago, and possibly quite worse, given crime levels, low high school graduation levels, etc.
- Despite spending upwards of $20 TRILLION since the LBJ administration, African American poverty levels and employment levels and opportunities have not improved much at all.
Another political class effort that has failed miserably, expensively, and which may have made the original perceived problem even worse. And Moynihan saw it all coming decades ago.
Somehow liberals have been unable to acquire from life what conservatives seem to be endowed with at birth: namely, a healthy skepticism of the powers of government agencies to do good.
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