Wednesday, July 31, 2013
A short time ago, I said:
The current "civil rights" establishment does a better job than any racist hick ever could have of ruining the prospects for millions of young black Americans.It's probably safe to say that Walter Williams agrees with me. He has some interesting facts and figures on hand to to support such a point, as well as to refute the standard leftist narrative on race.
First, weaken the black family, but don't blame it on individual choices. You have to preach that today's weak black family is a legacy of slavery, Jim Crow and racism. The truth is that black female-headed households were just 18 percent of households in 1950, as opposed to about 68 percent today. In fact, from 1890 to 1940, the black marriage rate was slightly higher than that of whites. Even during slavery, when marriage was forbidden for blacks, most black children lived in biological two-parent families. In New York City, in 1925, 85 percent of black households were two-parent households. A study of 1880 family structure in Philadelphia shows that three-quarters of black families were two-parent households.Most damning about the redistributive welfare state is that Wiliams doesn't even have to bring up the fact that it is wrong for the government to steal from citizens in the first place. The practice subjects us all to open-ended robbery, but its further consequences are quite devastating.
The welfare state harms everyone, but black Americans in particular.