African-American political leaders failing African-Americans

I'm generally a Jonah Goldberg fan, but his column today really adds to my respect for the man.  In it, he takes on black leaders in Congress, who pursue far Left policies that are often inconsistent with beliefs held by many black Americans, and that advance social and economic policies that consistently fail black Americans:

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.

Family breakdown in the black community has occurred despite a steady rise in the wages of blacks since World War II, when 80 percent were born to married parents. Racism alone cannot be blamed anymore for causing all black problems. By every measure, racism, particularly official racism, has declined even as these problems have worsened.

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

I'd love to add something witty or thoughtful here, but I can't.  I don't have much factual information at my fingertips on the subject, but Goldberg's column really seems to sum up the problem I seem to see constantly as an outsider looking at the travails of the African-American community in post-Jim Crow America.  You can read the rest of Goldberg's thoughts on the subject here

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  • Kathryn Judson

    This afternoon, I’ve been reading in Hugh Hewitt’s 1996 book “Searching For God in America,” specifically Hewitt’s interview with Charles Colson (aka Chuck Colson). What I just read, from page 22, Colson, talking about being tough on crime but needing to be intelligent about it:

    “…I go to the root causes. Now, I’m a conservative. And for years, conservatives have criticized the liberals for talking about root causes — poverty and the environment and racism. The liberals have pointed out the wrong root causes, but just because they have the wrong root causes doesn’t mean that there aren’t root causes. There are. Crime is caused by the lack of moral teaching and training during the morally formative years.

    We know that crime is a moral problem. So we’ve got to start rebuilding the family…”

  • Ymarsakar

    Funny, you mention this. Because Cynthia Mckinney just got stopped outside a capital building because she neither went through the medal detector or wore a lapel pin to signify she was in Congress. Mc hit the police officer. She did a press conference with a big smiling face, as if she was getting married, and said that the only reason she was stopped was because she was a woman, BLACK, and a progressive. Emphasis on black was hers. The “inappropriate touching” of a woman, who is BLACKKKKKKKKKAAA, and progressive.

    I live in Georgia, and jeez that’s too much.

    Matriarchies don’t work. Men don’t respect or obey or are motivated in constructivity by matriarchies.

  • jg

    Bill Cosby had been known to say worthwhile comments about this subject.

    Betsy’s Page links to the Reuters article:

    “Cosby, whose criticism of some aspects of modern African-American culture has stirred controversy in recent years, told a rally headed by black leaders that the city needed to look at the “wound” it had before Katrina struck.

    “It’s painful, but we can’t cleanse ourselves unless we look at the wound,” Cosby told the rally of about 2,000 people in front of the city’s convention center.

    “Ladies and gentlemen, you had the highest murder rate, unto each other. You were dealing drugs to each other. You were impregnating our 13-, 12-, 11-year-old children,” he said.

    “What kind of a village is that?”

    Perhaps those of us who are Americans, but not black, can help the situation by refusing to acknowledge the right of Sharpton, McKinney; etc. to speak for other Americans who happen to be black. These selfish figures denigrate all of us.

  • Temple3

    Interesting that “African Americans” are the only ethnic/cultural/”racial” group to make your list of categories. You oughta branch out.