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


“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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2 years ago

“Sadly”, the Liberals are behind all of this and trying to explain this would be like “pissing in the wind”!! They don’t get it, they just want to Blame everybody else for their failures! “FACT NOT FICTION”!! The Democrats are reveling in this “swill” they caused, because they are hoping to take over America, and that will be a sad day for all of mankind, when America goes to Socialism!!

3 years ago

I agree with his statement. These people are more of a slave today than when there were plantations.
The other failure is the education system, they have failed the kids and don’t provide them with a meaningful education. They dumb down tests or the pass the kids to keep their numbers up.

Butler Marsh
Butler Marsh
3 years ago

Not demanding illegals get deported is what’s destroying everything.

3 years ago

“These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference.”

The Democrat Party and Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society (1964/1965) doomed the progress of black communities!

3 years ago

The media lies about this