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Monday, September 19, 2005

Government Is A Deadbeat Spouse

Star Parker takes issue with Bush's speech on Katrina where he alluded to the poverty as a result of racism. Parker pints out that the current mayor and police chief are black while many prior mayors of New Orleans have been black. If there is a lack of opportunity for blacks, she asks:

How can racial discrimination be the operative holding blacks down in a city in which at least seven out of 10 residents are black?...Black presence and power in New Orleans are wide and deep.

Telling is the reliance the non-evacuated people had on government to take care of them. When 7 out of every 10 families in New Orleans have one parent, mostly women, there is absent a strong "other half to lighten the parental load and to lead where necessary. So it was natural for these people to rely on government to show them the way to the Superdome and its brand of nurture and protection.

As for poverty, Parket places the blame on liberal programs of the 1960's (that I admit I wholeheartedly endorsed most of my life until people like Parker have shown me the detrimental effect of them). She writes:

When I discuss social statistics with audiences around the country, I invariably hear gasps when I point out that the out-of-wedlock birthrate today among young white women (30 percent) is higher than it was among black women 50 years ago. There, of course, remain residuals of racism in America today, and it's news to a lot of whites that black families were relatively intact, headed by married couples, in the '40s and '50s. Today's out-of-wedlock black births and single-parent households are triple what they were then. The collapse of the black family took off when big government programs, particularly welfare, were launched, compliments of black and white liberals, after the civil-rights movement.

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