Black Professor Says Welfare, Not Slavery, 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 a column he wrote for The Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Professor Williams

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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Bambi Hussein
Bambi Hussein
2 years ago

Democrats never consider the bad consequences likely to occur due to their policies.

Charlie Massie
Charlie Massie
1 year ago
Reply to  Bambi Hussein

I disagree with you that is what the diem-o-rats are using and counting on to really inslave the black population.

Dave Casey
Dave Casey
1 year ago
Reply to  Bambi Hussein

That’s not really true, Bambi. The Dems knew exactly what they were doing when they crafted the welfare program.

Wayne Duffney
Wayne Duffney
1 year ago
Reply to  Dave Casey

I agree 100%

michael appleby
michael appleby
2 years ago

It would be helpful if we called Welfare by it’s real name. CHARITY

Mike Gombos
Mike Gombos
2 years ago

Charity is freely given not forcibly taken

SteChatte
SteChatte
2 years ago

Yes, Dr. Williams is partially correct, but like many economists looking for a paycheck, he is not all that interested in evaluating cause/effect going back to the dawn of time. Correct: slavery, et al, is not truly the cause of 85% of American blacks being pathetic losers today. But neither is welfare! The root cause (the cause that is most crucial NOT to repeat) is the importation and integration of savage cultures USA in the first place. Had we not done that, the USA would be flourishing. So Dr. Williams missed the larger issue (like he does with his superficial dismissal of tariff tax systems): importation of savages is BAD. Enslaving them…freeing them…mitigating their drain on resources? Those are all just predicates to this primary error. Birds of a feather, Dr. Williams. It’s really not that hard to figure out!

erp
erp
2 years ago
Reply to  SteChatte

Read Thomas Sowell for the answer.

broluke
broluke
1 year ago
Reply to  SteChatte

Since you are a white supremacist, I take it your corrective action is to ship all people of color back to their original birthplace. Aren’t you glad you are a minority just like us? Think about that and by your tickets soon.

Timothy Davison
Timothy Davison
1 year ago
Reply to  SteChatte

Dr Williams is retired and long past needing a paycheck

AmandaTrebiano
AmandaTrebiano
2 years ago

Government handouts foster lifetime dependency.

Mark Baker
Mark Baker
1 year ago
Reply to  AmandaTrebiano

So right, just look at all the Corporate Welfare going on today! Handouts to HUGE companies all over the place! It’s been going on for years, from left and right. The Republi-cons being the most happy to hand over HUGE bailouts to their Favorite companies and top 1%ers.

herbert r richmond
herbert r richmond
2 years ago

As a companion article, read Lloyd Marcus, ‘Reparations: Democrats scam and insult blacks again.