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By Susan D. Greenbaum

In 1965, the overdue Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan—then a high-ranking legit within the division of Labor—sparked a firestorm whilst he published his document “The Negro Family,” which got here to be seemed by way of either supporters and detractors as an indictment of African American tradition. Blaming the Poor examines the unfortunately sturdy impression of the Moynihan record for race family members and social coverage in the USA, demanding the humiliating photograph the document forged on negative black households and its deceptive rationalization of the factors of poverty.
A major authority on poverty and racism within the usa, Susan D. Greenbaum dismantles Moynihan’s major thesis—that the so referred to as matriarchal constitution of the African American kinfolk “feminized” black males, making them insufficient employees and absent fathers, and leading to what he referred to as a tangle of pathology that resulted in a bunch of ills, from youngster being pregnant to grownup crime. Drawing on broad scholarship, Greenbaum highlights the issues in Moynihan’s research. She unearths how his questionable principles were used to redirect blame for substandard colleges, low wages, and the shortage of jobs clear of the societal forces that reason those difficulties, whereas at the same time reinforcing stereotypes approximately African americans. Greenbaum additionally evaluations present coverage matters which are without delay tormented by the tangle of pathology mindset—the demonization and destruction of public housing; the criminalization of black formative years; and the continuing humiliation of the negative by means of marketers who turn into wealthy consulting to academics, non-profits, and social carrier group of workers.  
A part century later, Moynihan’s thesis is still for lots of a handy justification for punitive measures and stingy indifference to the bad. Blaming the Poor debunks this notorious thesis, offering as an alternative extra efficient and humane regulations to handle the large difficulties dealing with us today.

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