By Stan Rasmussen

In a series of articles recently published in The Daily SignalWalter E. Williams, professor of economics at George Mason University, author and syndicated columnist, focuses on the impacts of parents and family structure on community and culture. Asserting his assessment of causes and effects on black families, youth and communities, Professor Williams presents data and perspective that underscore the essential role of families:

Solutions for Black Americans, Beginning With the Need for Dads (July 20, 2016)

The most important social unit is the family. Many talk about the “breakdown” in the black family when a far more accurate description is that the family doesn’t form in the first place.

What Can Racial Discrimination Explain? (Aug. 5, 2016)

Today, only a little over 30 percent of black children are raised in two-parent households. The importance of these and other statistics showing greater stability and less pathology among blacks in earlier periods is that they put a lie to today’s excuses. Namely, at a time when blacks were closer to slavery, faced far more discrimination, faced more poverty, and had fewer opportunities, there was not the kind of social pathology and weak family structure we see today.

America’s Abandonment of Traditional Values Has Hurt the Black Community

(Aug. 11, 2016)

Starting in the 1960s, the values that made for civility came under attack. Corporal punishment was banned. This was the time when the education establishment and liberals launched their agenda that undermined lessons children learned from their parents and the church. … Sex education classes undermined family/church strictures against premarital sex. Lessons of abstinence were ridiculed, considered passé, and replaced with lessons about condoms, birth control pills, and abortion. Further undermining of parental authority came with legal and extralegal measures to assist teenage abortions, often with neither parental knowledge nor parental consent.


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