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Heather MacDonald: Obama Ignores Need to Rebuild Families

Wednesday, 05 Mar 2014 06:19 PM

President Barack Obama's new initiative to bolster opportunities for minority youngsters skipped over the all-important issue of rebuilding families, says Heather MacDonald, a John M. Olin fellow at the Manhattan Institute and contributing editor of City Journal.

"The odd thing about Obama's speech in presenting this new, so-called new, initiative, which really is mostly recycled philanthropy programs, is that the toll of fatherlessness ran through it in subtle ways," MacDonald told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"And yet he was not able to explicitly say that the most important thing we want to do if we want to close the equality gap, the income gap, the achievement gap, is to rebuild the family.

"For all Americans it's a growing problem, but particularly for black families."

MacDonald said the main issue is not just inner-city kids growing up without fathers themselves.

"It's also a culture that is not sending the message to poor kids that – to poor boys in particular – that they are going to be expected to marry the mother of their children," MacDonald said.

"Now, it is the norm to have serial impregnation, and it's expected that the female will simply go on welfare if necessary.

"And so, the disappearance of fathers is important not just for the boys themselves who need a male role model, but it's also important because they are not being socialized into the self-discipline and deferral of gratification that they're going to need in order to be fathers themselves."


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