We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The breakdown isn't just among black 'families' in our society. Since the 1960s, when the young folks decided to 'tune in, turn on and drop out', the frequency of single-parent families of all ethnicities has sky-rocketed. It has much affected the blacks, who, until then had a much higher ratio of two parent families than they do now. And two-parent families are, in general, much more stable than one-parent families, in which the single parent is under high stress both to provide the family living and to maintain the familiy discipline.
But Heather, my dear, that's not "perverse" -- it's inevitable.
The drug war is M. Simon's root cause of everything. I tend to agree that we are getting a good deal more harm than good from the War on Drugs, but don't think that any amount of legalization would do much to reverse this trend.
I'm curious - does the family breakdown correspond with an increase in available welfare benefits to single parent families? Greater benefits were available to single parents, so there was no reason to get married or keep the father around?
The road to this societal pathology started in 1936 with Aid To Families With Dependent Children. It can be argued that it served as a safety net in many cases, but it also fostered illegitimate birth as a profit center and disincentive to normal economic life (employment, marriage, etc,).
Feeblemind ... About ten years ago, when I hit 72 years of age, I decided that political correctness and multiculturalism were both crocks of that nasty brown stuff. It has been very liberating and has cleared my mind of much pernicious nonsense.
No ... all cultures are not equally valuable. Some cultures are admirable and healthy. Others are so-so, with a possibility of improvement if they work at it. And some cultures are actively evil and destructive. That's the way it is in real life. If we fail to recognize it, and fight against the evil, then we are complicit in our own destruction.
It's funny you should mention that. Back 40 plus years ago, I heard the argument from my friends who thought I was crazy for entering the military and "enabling" the oppressors of the poor people of North Vietnam.
Apparently, they were only assisting the freedom fighters of the South in a rebellion against the colonialists....well, you get the idea.
I think it all started with this oddball idea of moral equivalence. - that somehow the various revolutionary groups and leaders are akin to our revolution and leadership. The idea of moral equivalence has gradually morphed into all aspects of society from soup to nuts - everything is relevant, nothing is black and white, everything is grey.
LP ... I wish I'd been allowed to keep mine. I just this year learned what that expression 'tea bagger' meant. I could have lived the rest of my life [which I'm in the sunset of] without having to know that, and been the better for it.
Chicago, the community that the community organizer organized, before he was elected president of the USA.
I'd imagine, if he were asked how hjis handiwork managed to turn out out so awfully bad, that he'd answer, "Oh, but it would've turned out much much worse without me --my work saved or prevented 317,462 acts of violence."