Black Economist Says Breakdown of the Traditional Family, Not Slavery is the Cause of Poverty Among Blacks

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By Victor Trammell

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There is a lot being said and written by many of today’s black societal critics about how poverty and the lack of economic independence are adversely affecting America’s black community.

These same critics are also writing about and giving lip service to a number of other issues, which have been identified as the primary causes of poverty and financial slavery in black America. For many of the black social justice and political pundits, American slavery and centuries of evolving forms of white domination are the root causes of black oppression, including economic oppression.

However, one modern black philosopher might be what one would call a minority within a minority. Walter E. Williams is a black economist and social commentator who also teaches economics at George Mason University.

A few weeks ago, Williams had an opinion-editorial of his published by the Daily Signal titled The Black Family is Struggling and it’s Not Because of Slavery.

Immediately into his critical social commentary, Williams questions the conventional narrative about the causes of poverty. He credits the schools of thought driven home by the traditional civil rights establishment and leftist academics with etching in the notion that slavery is the ancillary institution responsible for the wretched economic condition, which the majority of black Americans are in today.

According to Williams, poverty in black America is primarily attributed to another adversity: The breakdown of the traditional family. “The No. 1 problem among blacks is the effects stemming from a very weak family structure,” Williams wrote.

“Children from fatherless homes are likelier to drop out of high school, die by suicide, have behavioral disorders, join gangs, commit crimes, and end up in prison,” he continued. Williams also cited some dated, yet accurate research to validate his theory.

“According to the 1938 Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, that year 11 percent of black children were born to unwed mothers,” Williams also wrote.

“Today about 75 percent of black children are born to unwed mothers. Is that supposed to be a delayed response to the legacy of slavery? The bottom line is that the black family was stronger the first 100 years after slavery than during what will be the second 100 years,” he added.

You can read Williams’ entire column for the Daily Signal by visiting the research source link given for this article below.

Source: http://dailysignal.com/2017/09/20/black-family-struggling-not-slavery/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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