Lowry explains how one 45 year old report remains relevant for today’s
breakdown of the family, particularly in African American families. Excerpt:
“There is one unmistakable lesson in
American history,” Moynihan wrote, “a community that allows a large number of
men to grow up in broken families, dominated by women, never acquiring any
stable relationship to male authority, never acquiring rational expectations
about the future — that community asks for and gets chaos.” It’s a statement
just as true and nearly as unwelcome as it was four decades ago.