Academics teach that the breakdown of the black family is the legacy of slavery and discrimination. They ignore the facts. In 1950, 72 percent of black men and 81 percent of black women had been married. Only 17 percent of black children lived in single-parent households; today it's more than 70 percent. Every census from 1890 to 1950 showed that black labor force participation rates exceeded whites.
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So employment rates were higher and illegitimacy rates lower when systemic discrimination in the form of Jim Crow laws was real and serious.
What has happened since the 1950s? Welfare programs that rewarded single motherhood, penalized married poor women, and led to the destruction of the black family for three generations in the ghetto.
Now you have many undisciplined young men (the result of whole communities without dedicated married fathers to keep them in line), so they join gangs and commit crimes, sire more children out of wedlock, use drugs and fail to join the workforce - and then blame whites for all their problems. And communities that tolerate robberies of businesses and assaults on citizens by blaming the rest of society don't see it get better.
The solution is changing welfare laws to say "no more children until you support yourself or marry a man who does", changing rules to not penalize her if she gets married. Come down hard on black kids attacking other black kids for "acting white" by doing good in school. Clamp down hard on crime so that businesses can open up in these neighborhoods, bringing jobs and lower prices. And change the culture to one of self sufficiency, marriage and industry versus the crap sung in rap glorifying drugs, rape, free love, murder.
But it is easier to blame whites, though it traps one in the vicious cycle that created it in the first place. And the narrative is certainly fed by Democrats who say "those evil people are keeping you down, I'll protect you and provide for you, vote for me!"