Coming to grips with the crumbling black family
The most difficult fact for white Americans to understand is that. . . the circumstances of the Negro American community in recent years [have]probably been getting worse, not better. The fundamental problem . . . is that of family structure. The evidencenot final, but powerfully persuasiveis that the Negro family in the urban ghettos is crumbling.
Daniel P. Moynihan
U.S. Department of Labor report, 1965
Practically a generation has passed since that well-intended policy paper, the notorious "Moynihan Report," prompted an angry dispute over the nature of the modern American black family. The report is...