Are Young Black Men Rejecting Obama?
Workers of any race can earn only what they are willing to and capable of producing. The motivation and skill of the black community have not been fostered by Obama’s leadership. Stafko continues:
During his nearly four years as president of the United States, Barack Obama could have used the bully pulpit of the presidency to make a real impact on the black community and address the underlying problems within it.
An order of operation leads to economic prosperity. A thriving income requires the production of abundant value, which in turn requires rational action informed by a trained mind. Opportunities for such training tend to allude children born out of wedlock with little to no paternal influence. Stafko reminds us:
- Fewer than 40% of black children live with both parents.
- Black children are seven times more likely to have a parent in prison.
- Over 70% of black babies are born to unwed mothers.
So long as these social problems go unaddressed, truly progressive economic change will dangle beyond the black community’s reach. Informed by a worldview which sees government as the fountainhead of all moral good, civil rights leaders amidst the black community continue to focus on political activism as the means toward elevating black prospects. However, as The Wall Street Journal’s Jason L. Riley documents, political representation does not correlate with economic success:
Today, Asian-Americans are the nation's best-educated and highest-earning racial group. According to a Pew study released earlier this year, 49% of Asians age 25 and older hold bachelor's degrees, compared with 31% of whites and 18% of blacks. The median household income for Asians is $66,000, which is $12,000 more than white households and double that of black households. As with other groups, political clout has not been a precondition of Asian socioeconomic advancement.
The election of Barack Obama four years ago gave blacks bragging rights, but bragging rights can't close the black-white achievement gap in education or increase black labor-force participation or reduce black incarceration rates. A civil-rights leadership that encourages blacks to look to politicians to solve these problems is doing a disservice to the people they claim to represent.
Asians, for their part, can point to an out-of-wedlock birthrate of just 16%, the lowest of any major group and a significant factor in Asian success. The black illegitimacy rate last year was 72%. Might it be that having a black man in the Oval Office is less important for black advancement than having one in the home?
Whether young black males are increasingly cognizant of this reality remains unclear. However, we do know that a large segment of the overall black community self-identifies in categories which tend to advocate for strong families with both a mother and a father.