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Why Does the Left Want Black Women and their Children to Live in Poverty?

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Posted on July 6 2010 9:00 pm
A life-long conservative Reagan Girl and conservative feminist, Lisa holds a Bachelors of Science in Political Science from Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT. Lisa is a staunch, unapologetic, Christian supporter and defender of Israel, who considers herself a spiritual Jew. Lisa resides in CT with her family and assortment of rescued pets.

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Are black Americans sill segregated, or is the problem more to do with a reliance on government policies that pretend to take care of blacks, but instead tear down the black family and create poverty?

If blacks, especially black women, are impoverished, what is the real cause?

The Nation’s Orlando Patterson claims the real reason is a “persisting exclusion of blacks from the private sphere of American life.”

Outside elite circles, blacks are as segregated today from the private domain of white lives—their neighborhoods, schools, churches, clubs and other associations, friendship networks, marriage markets and families—as they were fifty years ago.… Religious institutions are as segregated today as in the 60s, when Martin Luther King Jr. famously observed that 11 o’clock Sunday morning is America’s most segregated hour.

Patterson blames segregation, but that does not explain why so many black women are poor in a nation that allows everyone to succeed.

Isn’t the real problem government policies “directly contrary to the interests of blacks” that focus on problems rather than solutions?

City Journal columnist Kay S. Hymowitz refutes Patterson’s claims in her column “The Black Family: 40 Years of Lies.” She says it isn’t segregation that perpetuates black poverty, but unwed motherhood:

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