Another fact we’re not allowed to talk about: black families were doing better than white families in the U.S. before the welfare state was set up in the 1960s. Yes, they were actually outpacing white families in economic growth, and they had very similar rates of marriage and unemployment. Before the “Great Society” program was established in 1964 by former President Lyndon B. Johnson, a black child had a very good likelihood of being born into a home with both of their biological parents. Black men were doing excellently in the workforce and maintaining a steady upward trajectory in the career force.
So why are you not allowed to talk about it?
Keep in mind, this was before the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This was during a point in America’s history where racism actually was systemic. And yet, black communities were absolutely thriving, without any assistance whatsoever from the government.
This in and of itself disproves the entire idea that systemic racism is today’s cause of rampant inner-city crime, high unemployment rates, the number of single motherhood households, and disproportionately high imprisonment rates. Because if systemic racism really did have these kinds of negative effects on black individuals, we would not have seen such high rates of marriage, employment, and economic growth in black communities in the first half of the 20th century.
Yes, about that systemic racism thing? Can anybody be precise with what and where it is?
When you learn about the “Great Society” legislation in universities today, you’re taught that this was a just, beneficial thing for black America. More government assistance! More money pumped into the ghettos! We’re gonna help single moms take care of their kids! The welfare state offered more government assistance to inner-city mothers who weren’t married to the father of their children. In other words, women were incentivized not to marry the father of their children. Why bother with getting married to pay the bills when the government is more than happy to pay them for you?
Some people just don’t seem to get this; and I don’t get that. Are they being deliberately stupid?
Economists have told us for years that human beings respond to incentives above all else. That’s why it’s no surprise that before the “Great Society” program was instilled, roughly 20-25% of black mothers were single moms. (Even back then, economists were concerned that those high rates would have negative consequences on the younger generation.) Today, that rate has risen to a whopping 72%.
Why is this statistic so important? Even former President Barack Obama urged black America to consider the devastating effects that fatherlessness has in our society. A child raised without a father is 9 times more likely to drop out of high school, 5 times more likely to commit a crime, 5 times more likely to live in poverty, and 20 times more likely to end up in prison.
So yes, it is about the children. People care about the children, don’t they?
So I have pretty much told this story to lots of people over the years. I get many responses, from shrugs, to denial, to we need to keep the money flowing because we are good people. The question is: How can people ignore something so blatant? Perhaps being woke/liberal means that cognitive dissonance does not apply? Maybe it applies harder, explaining why they often seem to be so maladjusted. What do you think?
So what about the women here? What do they get out it? They often live miserable lives, with dysfunctional this and dysfunctional that. They do get their choice of hot men though. Is it a good tradeoff?
Exit Question: What is to be done?