The Saint & The Statistic

Ah, the St. Martin Luther King 50th TV wankfest.

On This Week With George Snuffaluffagus, Dan Balz recites the holy script, kneejerk-lib, MLK-50th, echo-chamber-meme that, while there’s been great progress in civil rights, the…. drumroll… “persistence of the gap between white wealth and black wealth” is still with us, “more needs to be done”, yada yada.

To which George Will responded:

“That to which you refer were foreshadowed by something eight months after the march… A young social scientist from Harvard working in the Labor Department published a report. His name was Daniel Patrick Moynahan. He said, ‘There is a crisis in the African American community, because 24% of African American children are born to unmarried women. Today it’s tripled to 72%. That, and not an absence of rights, is surely the biggest impediment.”

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