He wasn’t just a high ranking government official.
He was a trained sociologist with a Ph.D from Tufts University, and he was a father, too. And he saw the crisis coming.
As an assistant secretary of Labor under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, Daniel Patrick Moynihan was charged with developing policy for what would become the War on Poverty.
At the time, his inclination was more toward scholarship than politics, and he did the research and reached conclusions based on the evidence.
What he found shocked him, and he felt compelled to report the results of his work in a report, The Negro Family: the Case for National Action, now commonly referred to as the Moynihan Report.
His message was dire and direct. The black family was being destroyed, and government was helping. By promoting welfare programs that allowed payment only if the man was out of the house, the government effectively replaced the black man as the source of provision and support for the black family.
This alienation from their role as husband and father, protector and provider, would lead to high divorce rates, abandonment, and high out-of-wedlock birth rates, which were already headed upward in the mid-1960s, with nearly a quarter of black children born to single mothers. He concluded:
…at the heart of the deterioration of the fabric of Negro society is the deterioration of the Negro family. It is the fundamental source of the weakness of the Negro community at the present time.
Mr. Moynihan paid a price for his report. He was accused of “blaming the victim” – in fact, this phrase was coined in direct response to the report – and called a racist for his conclusions.
People didn’t want to hear about personal responsibility or the criticality of having a mother and a father in the home.
There was social justice to be won, careers in perpetuating victimhood to be established, and dollars, trillions of dollars to be spent combating structural racism and all the wrongs that only government could fix.
In 2001, Moynihan, now a U.S. senator from New York, responded in a PBS interview to all the criticism, saying:
“My view is we had stumbled onto a major social change in the circumstances of post-modern society. It was not long ago in this past century that an anthropologist working in London – a very famous man at the time, Malinowski – postulated what he called the first rule of anthropology: That in all known societies, all male children have an acknowledged male parent. That’s what we found out everywhere… And well, maybe it’s not true anymore. Human societies change.”
And change it did. Add to the pathology of single-parent families the advent of the sexual revolution, in which sex was deemed to be primarily an act of pleasure without commitment, marriage a patriarchal prison, and women no different than man in any meaningful way, and the father was on his way to becoming an anachronism in modern American society.
Ironically, the overt and legally sanctioned racism of the 1940s and 1950s saw 80 percent of black children in homes with a married mother and father, yet the skyrocketing out of wedlock birth rates of the 1960s and beyond were due to “structural” racism. The liberal lack of integrity in logic is dumbfounding.
Now 72 percent of black children are born to single mothers, and the father is usually not even involved in his children’s lives. Young black men are dropping out of school at a rate exceeding 50 percent, and far too many of them end up in poverty, prison or the morgue.
Government wants to throw money at the problem, as if the trillions already spent have worked when they clearly haven’t, and the race merchants continue to earn fame and fortune by blaming the racist bogeymen that people claim to see but which, like Bigfoot, never seem to get captured clearly on film so the world has proof.
Everyone has an idea of what the black community needs to fix the crisis in the black family.
What we need are fathers. Not baby daddies, but fathers who will stay at home, care for the mothers of their children and the children themselves, and teach our boys how to be men.
Anyone who says a boy doesn’t need a father is either a liar or a fool. Boys don’t learn how to be men from their mothers. Even if their mothers had the time to teach them, and they don’t, they wouldn’t know where to start.
That is why boys are learning from other males, who may look old enough to be men, but whose arrested development makes them no better than the boys they’re taking under their wing.
The greatest gift to these boys on Father’s Day would be to have a father in the first place.
Have a blessed Father’s Day
Source: Ron Miller
Editor’s Note: Ron Miller is a conservative writer and commentator, author of the book, SELLOUT: Musings from Uncle Tom’s Porch, and the president of Regular Folks United, a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of individual liberty, free markets and our nation’s founding principles.