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No substitute for family structure

The following quote is from the Black Lives Matter website, under “What We Believe.”

“We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents and children are comfortable.”

It is noteworthy that mothers are specifically mentioned, and fathers are not.

Disruption of the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure has been well under way for the past 60 years, largely fueled by certain government policies that reward dependency, and by politicians who keep the dependent class in a dependent state for political benefit.

This, in itself, is a subtle, self-serving form of racism.

In a recent opinion piece in the Mirror, economist Walter Williams noted that in 1940, out-of-wedlock births in the Black community were 11%, compared to 75% today.

From Williams: “Most poverty, about 25%, is found in female-headed households. The poverty rate among husband and wife Black families has been in single digits for more than two decades.”

The family structure that BLM disrupts is the very family structure that lifts people from poverty. Maybe they should work to promote, rather than disrupt, the nuclear family structure.

Andrew Blazewicz

Hollidaysburg

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