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  • Writer's pictureDr. Ron Archer

Motivational Minute #10

The Hinderance of Welfare

The Welfare State/System in the U.S. hindered the progress and development of the Black Family more than any other social constraint.


A pregnant single Black woman receives many benefits from Uncle Sam.  If the baby's father returns to the family almost all the benefits stop.

The Welfare System promotes single parent homes from which 80% of our social ills have their foundation and genesis.

In 1960, just 22 percent of black children were raised in single-parent families.

Fifty years later, more than 70 percent of black children were raised in single-parent families.

According to the 1938 Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences, that year 11 percent of black children were born to unwed mothers. Today about 75 percent of black children are born to unwed mothers.

 That can’t be a legacy of slavery, it can’t be some delayed reaction.

As Professor Williams said, the bottom line is that the black family was stronger the first 100 years after slavery than during what will be the second 100 years.

All blacks were poor originally but now 30 percent are poor. Two-parent black families are rarely poor.

Only 8 percent of black married-couple families live in poverty. Among black families in which both the husband and wife work full time, the poverty rate is under 5 percent. Poverty in black families headed by single women is 37 percent.

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