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Facing the Black community's problems: family, crime, economics

Armstrong Williams | 3/21/2013, 12:08 p.m.
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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 the 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.

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 failures of safety nets do not justify more and more safety nets.

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