Monday, August 01, 2005

A Future of Random Killings?

The muted crying of mothers mixed with the political preening and posturing can overshadow the horrendous fact which is a precursor--and sadly, a predictor:

Read through the megazillion words on class, income mobility, and poverty in the recent New York Times series “Class Matters” and you still won’t grasp two of the most basic truths on the subject: 1. entrenched, multigenerational poverty is largely black; and 2. it is intricately intertwined with the collapse of the nuclear family in the inner city.

By now, these facts shouldn’t be hard to grasp. Almost 70 percent of black children are born to single mothers.

Anyone who is really serious about the 78 dead in Milwaukee (to date) should be deadly-serious about more healthy nativity patterns in the Inner City. A LOT more serious.

Mayor Barrett? Sheriff Clarke? Radio Pundits? Pastors? Preachers?

Anyone? Anyone?


HT to Tom McMahon, whose site is truly revelatory, every day:

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