Obama and the Asphalt Plantation

President Obama has done nothing to address the problems of the black community defined in a 1965 report by Daniel Patrick Moynihan. And by doing nothing, he's made the problems worse. Forty-seven years ago, Moynihan (1927-2003) was the assistant secretary of labor in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations.  In the context of helping formulate policy concerning Johnson's War on Poverty, he wrote "The Negro Family: A Case for National Action."  Later, he served four terms as a Democrat U.S. senator from New York (1976, 1982, 1988, and 1994). Moynihan projected the image of an erudite born into wealth, with easy access to the finest Ivy League colleges.  In fact, he grew up poor, attended high school in East Harlem, worked nights as a longshoreman while in high school, once shined shoes on a street corner, and received an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Tufts University.  Later, he studied economics as a Fulbright Scholar at The London School of Economics. ...(Read Full Article)

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