Unformatted text preview: med dominance of the nuclear family and
breadwinner model, Moynihan claims that the African American matriarchal family
disadvantages the minority in a society that is structured to reward male leadership. Matriarchy is
seen to be the root cause of poverty, the discrimination of colored men in occupational and
educational attainment and the prevalence of illegitimacy in the African American community.
The end result of these pathologies is framed to be a burden on welfare as he cites "migration
into cities like Detroit, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C" (Moynihan 1992, pg. 35),
without citing any studies or empirical evidence on the matter. Moynihan does succeed in
quoting studies, statistics, and court cases that support his claims, but does so without sufficient
analysis of underlying causal factors for the phenomena that plague the African American
community. The article voices several ways in which military service would benefit African
American males including being immersed in a masculine world where rewards a...
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- Spring '12
- Daniel Patrick Moynihan