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contributions and a breadwinner model. Conversely, but with the same consequences, Moyers
asserts with a "welfare as villain" approach that it is the receipt of welfare benefits that foster the
independence and dominance of African American females over their male counterpartseffectually leading to the increased prevalence of the female-headed, single-parent family.
Moyers and Moynihan then pose two solutions to "fixing" the African American family,
neither of which are practical or ideologically sound. The first solution involves the restoration of
male dominance in African American family structure through an increase in employment and
exposure to "real men" who wield traditional white patriarchal power (Collins 1989, pg 4). While
failing to propose a strategy to increase the labor force participation of these disenfranchised
males, Moynihan does suggest an interesting way to increase the African American male's sense
of masculinity- military service. I fear that this solution harbors the potential to wreak havoc on
the social structure of the black community which is traditionally a matriarchy, and would better
serve the inte...
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