Black Professor Says It’s Welfare, Not Slavery, That Decimated US Black Families

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“The undeniable truth is that neither slavery nor Jim Crow nor the harshest racism has decimated the black family the way the welfare state has,” said George Mason professor Walter Williams in an article that can be found here.

There is little evidence to support the idea that slavery, racial discrimination and poverty caused the problems of today’s black Americans, the economics professor wrote.

The number one problem is the weak family structure:

In 1960, just 22 percent of black children were raised in single-parent families.

Fifty years later, more than 70 percent of black children were raised in single-parent families.

According to the 1938 Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences, that year 11 percent of black children were born to unwed mothers. Today about 75 percent of black children are born to unwed mothers. That can’t be a legacy of slavery, it can’t be some delayed reaction.

As Professor Williams said, the bottom line is that the black family was stronger the first 100 years after slavery than during what will be the second 100 years.

All blacks were poor originally but now 30 percent are poor. Two-parent black families are rarely poor.

Only 8 percent of black married-couple families live in poverty. Among black families in which both the husband and wife work full time, the poverty rate is under 5 percent. Poverty in black families headed by single women is 37 percent.

It’s the welfare state that decimated the black family, he concludes.


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michaelrbuley
michaelrbuley
4 years ago

Facts … and the left will deny and avoid these forever, because it puts responsibility for their lives, on them. As it is in this life.

Lucy
Lucy
1 year ago
Reply to  michaelrbuley

You are right

Frank S.
Frank S.
4 years ago

The great Walter E. Williams. His rise to prominence was aided by none other than Rush Limbaugh. Yup. Rush would have Dr. Williams guest host on his show. He was terrific. Believe it was Walter who said, I’m paraphrasing, if he was at the highest level of the KKK he couldn’t have come up with a better way to ruin the Black Family than welfare.

William Watson
William Watson
4 years ago
Reply to  Frank S.

This is the scholar black folks should look up to and try to emulate….he has more sense in his little finger than the whole NFL….

Bill
Bill
4 years ago
Reply to  William Watson

William Watson, you are just what we need, another white man telling us what’s best for us!!!

Debbie Chase
Debbie Chase
4 years ago
Reply to  Bill

He’s black not white.

Lisa Caputo
Lisa Caputo
2 years ago
Reply to  Debbie Chase

Rush introduced his audience to the brilliance of Walter William’s and Thomas Sowell showing us listeners their insights and educating us more than the government indoctrination schools do.

Billy
Billy
4 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Bill, truth has no color. Neither does ignorance and denial. If you disagree you are probably one of those the professor is talking about.

Carl
Carl
2 years ago
Reply to  Bill

I thought racism was something we abhor whether it be white racism or black … Rush is white. Do we know if Bill is?

Bill B
Bill B
2 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Does it really matter what race he is if he’s right?

Liza
Liza
2 years ago
Reply to  Bill B

It’s not about if he is right or wrong , he is only representing his research, I am just curious if he saw the amount these poor families received because if the amount was sufficient enough to secure safe housing and living allowance then Welfare would not have been the cause…who could raise children and family based on what they qualified for? Who?Quality of living and breakdown of family structure was compromised because it was programmed that way to fail. Same situation with the homelessness…and waiting for 30 days on the streets with children so that paper work can be processed lead many to commit suicide or get killed on the streets while waiting for housing and relief.

Mike
Mike
2 years ago
Reply to  Liza

When LBJ expanded welfare in his Great Society, it was only allowed when one parent was absent from the children’s home. This was deliberate in order to destroy the black family, give government more control over them and get the minority vote. LBJ even bragged about it. He was a closet racist. Same reason he tried to empty the inner cities with the draft, expanding the war to justify it. The biggest con job by the party of the confederacy.

RESISTITE USQUE AD SANGUINEM (@IronHandAstarte)
RESISTITE USQUE AD SANGUINEM (@IronHandAstarte)
7 months ago
Reply to  Mike

It was not the confederacy that beat them out of the 40 acres and a Mule. You might be surprised how many black men fought for the South. Though they do keep lowering the numbers

Marv Ostberg
Marv Ostberg
2 years ago
Reply to  Bill

William
, you should listen to Soul and Williams – both Black, both brilliant and great mentors for people like you.

Azreal
Azreal
2 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Just what we need, another racist spewing hate at someone because of their race.

Shea
Shea
2 years ago
Reply to  Bill

If he’s white I’m a unicorn

Gary Cameron
Gary Cameron
4 years ago
Reply to  Frank S.

Walter Williams was already a big deal before hosting the Rush Limbaugh show. He was very good hosting though. I would always try to be in my office when he hosted. I liked him better than Rush.

Thomas Soul
Thomas Soul
2 years ago
Reply to  Frank S.

Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell are the voice of sanity in the black community. What is odd is that Sowell actually started out as a Marxist and then saw the light. I also love watching Candace Owens tear the liberal congressmen a new asshole. A few blacks are finally starting to see through the Democrat plan to hold them back by keeping them dependent on the Democrat Party.

Bob Green
Bob Green
2 years ago
Reply to  Thomas Soul

May the #WalkAway movement continue to grow as Dems get really “woke” to the truth.

Lisa Caputo
Lisa Caputo
2 years ago
Reply to  Thomas Soul

If not for Rush and listening to him since 1987 I would not know who these great thinkers are. Always wished I could influence my friends to listen.

Lisa Caputo
Lisa Caputo
2 years ago
Reply to  Frank S.

Leaned much when Mr. William’s was guest host!

Edwin
Edwin
4 years ago

You got to hand it to the Dems: they created racism, fought against abolition, founded the KKK, fought against equal rights in the 60s. They then learned to enslave our people economically with welfare and keep us voting for them to keep the money coming, all the while convincing us that we are being oppressed by those that freed us. Brilliant…

Brenda Duryea
Brenda Duryea
4 years ago
Reply to  Edwin

Its not brilliant its sad to think that the bulk of the black community still think just the opposite and are blind to the liberals enslaving them in the 21st century.

Ruby Bolding
Ruby Bolding
4 years ago
Reply to  Edwin

Yes sad. The same thing has happened in the native American reservations. Gov. took over and the ability and desire to work collapsed. God said if a man will not work he will not eat. Men get their feeling of accomplishment from their job. All men need to work to have strong self worth. We need to retrain our youth!

Douglas Moore
Douglas Moore
4 years ago
Reply to  Edwin

Well said Edwin!

Carlos danger
Carlos danger
2 years ago
Reply to  Edwin

Brilliant or evil?

Granya
Granya
4 years ago

Then where are the stats on welfare in this article? It’s just a statement at the end. Typical conjecture which is applied for all other arguments on the right.

Ignominious
Ignominious
4 years ago
Reply to  Granya

The article I read has “stats” in it. Not enough? I suggest you use your internet access to do a little of your own research. Seriously though, it’s an obvious connection.

I will add that it’s humorous that you use the communist method of blaming and labeling others for what you are doing No facts, lies and propaganda.

Carlos danger
Carlos danger
2 years ago
Reply to  Ignominious

“PROJECTION”!!! You nailed it. It’s rampant today!

Douglas Moore
Douglas Moore
4 years ago
Reply to  Granya

Granya, I noticed you did not offer evidence to the contrary. All you did was
verify the truth of his article.

Carlos danger
Carlos danger
2 years ago
Reply to  Granya

It’s not welfare it’s self. It’s the effects of welfare and the “nanny State”in general. Government benefits reward you for removing the Father from the home. Probably the biggest problems for families of any race is a single parent home. The article said around the time the “great society” was implemented black single parent homes was I think 22%. Compared to the present day 75%.

lostchild80
lostchild80
1 year ago
Reply to  Carlos danger

Why would single black women continue to have babies, & struggle just raising them for proper guidance, discipline and venture to DHR for each new child to get the money to ‘financially’ support them? No one ever talks about the emotional, pragmatic parental roles each parent makes in their proper growth & nurturing. We need more than drug testing for Welfare checks, we need accountability to not use single parenting as a tool to not work, & receive money that most times doesn’t even benefit the children in the home.

Michael A. Griffin
Michael A. Griffin
4 years ago

The Black family were the guinea pigs for the overall plan for the liberals to take control of America, you must nip it in the bud, destroy the family, destroy America, take a look around you, families are falling apart, emasculated males, empowered females, the left knows exactly what they are doing, if we don’t change this NOW, America will fall.

NAthanHale2017
NAthanHale2017
4 years ago

Amen to That!!

Dee Desaire
Dee Desaire
4 years ago

Amen to all of it. Get off your ass, get a job, and get on birth control, or get a husband, and most of your problems will disappear.

Stephen Cruse
Stephen Cruse
2 years ago

Yes and family court played a major role in removing the Fathers

Terry
Terry
2 years ago
Reply to  Stephen Cruse

Family court sucks no question. But it had nothing to do with this conversation. Facts are black women have children without a good man to father