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Dr. King’s 50-year anniversary march

Armstrong Williams | 8/29/2013, 9:53 a.m. | Updated on 8/29/2013, 9:53 a.m.
Armstrong Williams

There is economics and finance. African-Americans have a current unemployment rate of 17 percent, while whites have an unemployment rate of 6 percent. According to the Economic Policy Institute, the rate for unemployed Blacks has grown constantly in contrast to whites, and in some states, the unemployment rate for Blacks is as high as 25 percent. United for a Fair Economy reported that Blacks are three times more likely to be poor than whites.

African-Americans are the highest collective group, outside of Native Americans, under the poverty line ($19,500), at 24 percent. The median annual income of a Black woman with a bachelor’s degree in comparison to that of a white male is almost $20,000 less. African-Americans have a 45 percent dropout rate; whites have 31 percent rate. Black women also have one of the highest teen pregnancy rates, at 126 per every 1,000 women.

With alarming statistics in every form of modern society, we should acknowledge that there is a problem. I have a solution to many of these problems: God, the family, community and an education that balances creativity with discipline. As President Ronald Reagan said in his “A Time for Choosing” speech: “If government planning and welfare had the answer—and they’ve had almost 30 years of it [now they’ve had about 70 years]—shouldn’t we expect government to read the score to us once in a while? Shouldn’t they be telling us about the decline each year in the number of people needing help? The reduction in the need for public housing?”

According to Pat Fagan of Family Research Council, “on every outcome,” the children who flourish most often are churchgoers with two parents, and those who fail most often are from a broken home and do not go to church. Furthermore, he notes, young Black men with married parents go to jail at the same rate as white men with married parents—there is no racial gap—and young Black men without married parents go to jail at the same rate as white men without married parents. “The reason for the education gap is not income,” he says. “It’s marriage and parents.” The same is the case for crime and drugs.

The thousands of people at that march throughout the day echoed that we need more than marches to change many of the devastating challenges in the Black community. We need to see real progress. We want to see people rise above these statistics. The old answers of government planning and welfare are not good enough. We deserve real solutions. The failure of safety nets does not justify more and more safety nets.

Armstrong Williams is the author of the brand-new book “Reawakening Virtues.” You can find more content on RightSideWire.com. Come join the discussion live 4-5 p.m. EST at www.livestream.com/armstrongwilliams or tune in 4-5 p.m. EST on S.C. WGCV, Sirius/XM Power 110, 6-7 p.m. and 4-5 a.m. EST. Become a fan on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.