1-28-08 Listening to Moynihan, at Last

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Unformatted text preview: 1-28-2008 Listening to Moynihan, at Last Robert Rector In 1965 Moynihan authored a report for the Johnson administration titled "The Negro Family: the Case for National Action." It represented perhaps the first major attempt to use the tools of the social sciences to help policymakers define and describe a national problem. It looked at the state of the black family in American and argued that many of the problems commonly believed to be attributable to race and other factors were actually due to differences in family structure. Moynihan contrasted two different populations within the black community. "The Negro family in the urban ghettos is crumbling," he observed. "A middle-class group has managed to save itself, but for vast numbers of the unskilled, poorly educated, city working class the fabric of conventional social relationships has all but disintegrated. So long as this situation persists, the cycle of poverty and disadvantage will continue to repeat itself." Moynihan's point wasn't to disparage African-Americans, but to suggest that the disadvantages of living in a one-parent family could be readily seen in the experiences of many urban black households. 2 goals became reducing out-of-wedlock childbearing and restoring stable marriage. Unfortunately, most state welfare bureaucracies, overcome by political correctness, largely ignored these 2 goals and squandered ample opportunities to explore ways to rebuild marriage. ...
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