In previous blogposts, I noted that 60s and modern liberalism have been unkind to the black family. The troubles of the black family are widely known, and it is without question that the black family has had a comparably bad run from the 1960s onward. But why?
It’s hard to be exact and certain about that, but here is something to note: The black family has had greater problems with absentee parents than white families since the 1880s. Apparently, black families were 2 to 3 times more likely to have an absentee parent from the 1880s to the 1960 than white families (see link). Thus, the revolutions of the 1960s did not lead to a difference in absentee parenthood between white and black families. Instead, the degree of difference between black and white families was just exacerbated from the 1960s onward, creating much more of a significant difference. But why?
Progressivists and modern liberals like to cite racism and poverty. It’s their answer to pretty much everything. Why? Probably because it is an answer alleviates the sting of failure and bad choices, gives cause for further social justice and makes it somebody else’s fault. It’s thus an ideology of crisis and tua culpa. Unrest and blame is the mechanism by which motivate, always creating a new oppression and oppressors – it’s how they win elections and dominate the culture wars. And to the extent that they always blame others, they deny agency and a freedom for excellence, which thus, quite ironically, makes them the modern enslavers of blacks. Harsh, but true.
In any case, take a look at their explanation: racism. Racism explains this? Really? That’s awfully incredulous, because blacks probably faced more racism and racial discrimination in 1880 than in the height of the civil rights movement and beyond, but yet they still had a better family constitution than today. Poverty is also incredulous because blacks were poorer and less educated in 1880 than they are today. In fact, poverty and a lack of education was a good predictor of a two-parent, black family (see page 148 of previous link), which suggests that poverty itself cannot be used to explain this difference and degree. Something else was amiss. But what?
It’s difficult to be exact and certain, as I said before, but it seems that culture and bad choice plays a role. I suspect that black families, already being less stable than white families, as we learned earlier, were far more vulnerable to the 1960s’ revolutionary times. These times challenged the value of authority, tradition and gender roles while touting free sex and narcotics. This helped changed the active values of blacks and black communities, encouraging poor choices and destructive behaviours. Did racism and its history play a role? Yes, of course. But just like the Jews and anti-Semitism, culture and choice can make a difference. The Jews chose wisely. Their cultural values, their emphasis and insistence on community, family and education pulled them through admirably. The blacks? Not nearly as much. Again, harsh but true. Not all cultures, values and choices are equal for all ends. That should be obvious.
In any case, here’s a worry for my own community, the white family. Our rates of children who lived without their biological father is now at a rate that parallels the condition of the black family in the early 1960s (see page 4 of this link). We don’t face similar challenges as blacks, so I don’t think that our future trajectory will be the exactly the same, but white men need to smarten up and start making better choices, too. Put your willies away until marriage and then stay married.
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