When feminists first set their minds toward the destruction of the family, they focused their attacks on the most vulnerable segment of American society: African Americans. Eleanor Roosevelt, notorious feminist icon, put a great deal of effort into creating the social programs that ultimately eroded the black family as early as the 1940s, but the killing blow was matrifocal welfare programs put in place during the Johnson Administration. Rather than focus on keeping black men employed and able to provide for their families, Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act with full affirmative action for women (white women benefited from affirmative action more than anyone) and created a welfare system that rewarded women for illegitimate births and single motherhood. As black men were cast off, rootless, America’s remedy was to build an enormous incarceration industry. Today, the primary form of “welfare” for black men in the United States is the criminal justice system.
Now, in an article trumpeting the feminist victory over the black family, Laura Speer of the Annie E. Casey Foundation reminds us, as though we need to be told, that it isn’t the 1950s any longer:
We’re moving toward an acknowledgment that we’re living in a different world than the 1950s, where married or two-parent heterosexual couples are now no longer the norm for a lot of kids, especially kids of color…
Of course, there were men who saw this coming from the beginning. Dr. Thomas Sowell, a libertarian economist and senior fellow of Stanford’s Hoover Institution, was an early critic of government programs that he saw as creating exactly the conditions that prevail today. Born into a poor black family in North Carolina, Sowell served in the Korean War and managed to bootstrap himself into Harvard, where he graduated magna cum laude. Overcoming his naive, youthful embrace of Marxism, he eventually became one of the foremost critics of government intrusion and social engineering.
I was delighted to find the following video, in which Sowell eviscerates a do-gooder white feminist on camera back in 1980. Although it is fun to watch him destroy her in debate, it is sad to see how much of what he predicted has come to pass.
Congratulations, feminists! You have finally succeeded in destroying “patriarchy” in one segment of American society. With one third of young black men under some form of penal supervision and well under 50% growing up with their fathers, you really have something to clap your hands about.
Next target: the white working class.