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Broken Covenant


Breathless article in the Washington Post’s Style section today on the bestselling The Covenant with Black America, a collection of essays by various African Americans that sets out an agenda for individual blacks and for public policy; the essays were pulled together by Tavis Smiley. I just read the book and was mightily unimpressed. The exhortation in each chapter for what individual blacks can do is generally unobjectionable but incomplete; the political agenda is nothing but predictable liberal/left bromides.

Here’s the worst thing though: In the entire 254-page book, there are exactly two oblique sentences that mention what is far and away the number-one problem facing the African American community, namely the fact that 7 out of 10 black children today are born out of wedlock. Fix that problem, and the other socioeconomic disparities will narrow dramatically; ignore it, and it doesn’t matter what else you do. Plus, this is something that the African American community could do all by itself, with no legislation and no money. Think of it: We could go from 7 out of 10 to zero out of 10 in nine months, without passing a single bill or spending a dime. But it won’t happen, of course—certainly not while so-called African American “leaders” ignore the elephant in the room.


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