Former President Barack Obama presided over a host of failures.
He added over nine trillion to the national debt.
His foreign policies left the world on fire.
But this one failure may be Obama’s most shameful legacy.
Ever since black voters switched their allegiance to the Democrat Party in the 1964 election, two-parent households within their community have declined.
As of 2015, only 17 percent of black children reach the age of 17 with their biological parents still married, and nearly 70 percent of black children are born to single mothers.
Not nearly enough was done in Obama’s eight years of office to combat this problem.
But Obama’s failure to act has its roots in history.
These problems were identified in a report written in the 1960’s by Assistant Secretary of Labor – and future New York Senator – Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
He argued that the nuclear family in the black community was declining.
The drop in two-parent households was not due to a lack of access to economic opportunity, but because of the pathologies within the ghetto culture which dated back to slavery and Jim Crow.
Moynihan also argued that the rise in single parent homes had led to an increase in welfare dependency.
“The Breakdown of the Negro Family Has Led to a Startling Increase in Welfare Dependency.
The majority of Negro children receive public assistance under the AFDC program at one point or another in their childhood…
…The steady expansion of this welfare program, as of public assistance programs in general, can be taken as a measure of the steady disintegration of the Negro family structure over the past generation in the United States. “
This report became highly controversial, especially in Democratic politics.
The Johnson administration shelved the report once it became public.
And left-wing politicians have been loath to discuss its findings ever since.
Writing in the Resurgent, Erick Erickson states that the failure to arrest the decline of two-parent black households was the “chief failure” of Obama’s Presidency:
“Over the last forty years there has been a dramatic decline in two parent nuclear households in the black community. Dads are in jail or absent. Moms are working multiple jobs to keep things going. Young men are joining gangs. Young women are becoming mothers without fathers. The rate of abortion in the black community is staggering. Black on black crime is a statistic to behold.
And though President Obama has mentioned this occasionally, I really wish he had made a more concerted effort to talk about it and engage on the issue of the breakdown of the family in black communities.
Now, I know as a white guy I am not supposed to say such things, but that too is part of the problem. The man who could honestly talk about it did not talk about it as much as he should have. Great walls have been built up to avoid talking about it.
Democrats now use the language of “white privilege,” which at its core is a claim that a two parent nuclear household somehow gives people an unfair advantage. More common among Asians and whites, the two parent nuclear family is seen as outmoded. Liberal activists want children to belong to the state, not to parents.”
Will this trend change with the incoming Trump administration?
Erickson writes there may be a glimmer of hope:
“And perhaps, just maybe, as only Nixon could go to China, perhaps only Trump could go into the black community with this message. Maybe a man of multiple wives and children throughout, but who clearly has built relationships with his children and has a strong paternal bond, maybe just maybe Donald Trump can take up this cause and this cross and do what Barack Obama should have done.”
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