50 Years After the Moynihan Report, Examining the Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration
Politicians are suddenly eager to disown failed policies on American prisons, but they have failed to reckon with the history. Reconsidering Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s report on “The Negro Family,” 50 years later.
“lower-class behavior in our cities is shaking them apart.”
By his own lights, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, ambassador, senator, sociologist, and itinerant American intellectual, was the product of a broken home and a pathological family. He was born in 1927 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but raised mostly in New York City. When Moynihan was 10 years old, his father, John, left the family, plunging it into poverty.
My Comments: Thank you so much Ta-Nehesi for these labor of love for our people. Thank you for these consciousness raising pieces that brings to the fore the numerous inequities suffered by the people called blacks. With deep sadness in my heart – thank you.