Freedom Is Not Enough: The Moynihan Report and America's Struggle Over Black Family Life--From LBJ to Obama
You do not wipe away the scars of centuries by saying: Now you are free to go where you want, do as you desire, and choose the leaders you please. You do not take a person who, for years, has been hobbled by chains and liberate him, bring him up to the starting line of a race and then say, "You are free to compete with all the others," and still justly believe that you have been completely fair.
Thus it is not enough just to open the gates of opportunity. All our citizens must have the ability...more
Although Patterson does an exceptional job of quoting statistics and referencing innumerable scholars, politicians, pertinent activists and Moynihan’s detractors, he provides little if any analysis of his own.
To his credit, Patterson does contend that Moynihan’s 1965 report on the Negro Family has proved prescient, however, the books continued focus on the family a ...more
Fifty years after the Report, in a time of not just black culture, but of many growing ethnic communities, we need to learn how to truly listen to each other
"'We understand the weather far better than we used to, after all, but while better understanding has produced better forecasts, it has not produced better weather.'" (quoting Ellwood and Jencks, 196)
"The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, which determines the success of society. The central liberal truth is that politics can change a culture and save it from itself." Moynihan