The New York Times
MARCH 11, 2015
"Fifty years ago this month, Democrats made a historic mistake.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan, at the time a federal official, wrote a famous report in March 1965 on family breakdown among African-Americans. He argued presciently and powerfully that the rise of single-parent households would make poverty more intractable.
“The fundamental problem,” Moynihan wrote, is family breakdown. In a follow-up, he explained: “From the wild Irish slums of the 19th-century Eastern seaboard, to the riot-torn suburbs of Los Angeles, there is one unmistakable lesson in American history: a community that allows large numbers of young men to grow up in broken families ... never acquiring any stable relationship to male authority, never acquiring any set of rational expectations about the future — that community asks for and gets chaos.”
Liberals brutally denounced Moynihan as a racist. He himself had grown up in a single-mother household and worked as a shoeshine boy at the corner of Broadway and 43rd Street in Manhattan, yet he was accused of being aloof and patronizing, and of “blaming the victim.”
Our local churches do what they can to make family units. But that’s difficult when dad is in prison.
I believe the “War on Drugs” continues to separate families. When President Nixon declared the "War on Drugs", I think it was part of his "Southern Strategy". I believe it was a continuation of the terror part of Jim Crow segregation.
In the beginning Nixon's "War on Drugs" mostly separated black families. Now the "War on Drugs" has extended to separate poor families regardless of race and ethnicity. And middle class families that do not yet realise they have become poor families.
The "War on Drugs" has become a terrorist war that includes all poor and middle class American families as its victims.
That drug industry has been opposing the revitalization of Coatesville. A few years ago the drug business won decisively and shut down the revitalization of Coatesville.
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