I watched a discussion on tv last night regarding the black communities. This has been a hot topic in the media lately. While we may not all agree on how to approach the issues of poverty and crime, I think the majority of us can all agree that we would like to see our communities improved and we'd like to see people in the communities thrive. In this spirit, I pose a question for discussion and I'll give a little information just so we have a foundation to start with. With regard to black communities, we are looking at about 73% of black children are born out of wedlock, causing numerous children to not have a solid male influence and single mothers struggle to provide as well as raise their children. Crime is significantly high in the black community. Completion of high school is lower among black Americans than other races. Drug use and sales are high in these black communities.
Now, we are not here to debate good vs. bad or this race vs. that race. There's no point. Racism doesn't help improve these unfortunate circumstances. BUT, after what I watched on tv, an interesting, and I think profound question is posed....Is the disolution of the family unit the cause of the circumstances? Or are the circumstances causing the disolution of the family unit? It's sort of a "chicken or the egg" question. And so we are all on the same page, I think it's important to note that the family unit is the core of our communities and a reflection of the state of our morals, our economy, and our nation.
I lean in the direction of the family unit being the source simply because the percentage of black children born out of wedlock in the 1950's was significantly lower despite the environment for blacks being much less accomodating that it is now. Also, we now have many more programs in place specifically to help struggling kids...inner city programs, education assistance, mentoring programs, etc.... and yet the circumstances remain unfortunate and don't appear to be getting better.
That is where I am in my thought process at this point. But I'm totally open to intelligent discussion about it.
I'd like to hear feedback and possible solutions to reverse the trend. When all of our communities become successful, our nation as a whole will be successful.