Yes, there IS a dysfunction, even pathology in the Black American community. While a few Black Americans have progressed socioeconomically & educationally, many have remained the same & some have even regressed! Many Black Americans have that post slavery traumatic syndrome which is still present. Many inculcate their children just to settle, to be mediocre instead of instilling greatness & to be extraordinary in terms of educational & socioeconomic achievement. They tell their children that because they're Black, "odds" are against them. There is such a defeatism in the Black American community.
Many Black Americans are passive towards life. For instance, the educational system. If more Black Americans were MORE PROACTIVE in their children's education, their children would be academically successful & there would be better teachers in the schools because of parental input. However, many Black American parents DON'T care about their children's education.
Many Black Americans HAVE FAR MORE children than they can afford. Many Black Americans don't/won't use the FEP principle in terms of having children. The FEP principle is don't have children unless one is financially, emotionally & psychologically prepared. Many Black Americans REFUSE to do this & their children suffer for this. Also choose a mate that enhances, not distract from family life. Many Black Americans choose undesirable mates & the family suffers socioeconomically & psychologically, subsequently causing societal problems. Many Black American children are in the lower socioeconomic echelons because of the unthinking behavior of their parents.
Stressing blind obedience. Many Black American parents stress blind obedience to their children. In this postmodern 21st century culture, blind obedience is an impediment to educational & socioeconomic success. They are preparing their children to be slaves instead of masters. Black American parents have to stop doing this to their children. They have to start teaching their children to THINK, particularly THINK OUTSIDE THAT BOX.
Many Black Americans have a plantation/dependency mentality. They look to political leaders to rescue them, especially socioeconomically. Other ethnic & racial groups know that only THEY, not the politicians can uplift themselves. Black Americans are SO FAR BEHIND & AT THE BOTTOM of the rung. They are still waiting for THAT SAVIOR to rescue them. They also believe that the government is....BEST.