Star Parker

The fact that homosexual marriage is now the main subject of discussion shows that we're already headed down the slippery slope. The discussion whether gay behavior reflects choice or genetics has disappeared. Victimization has quietly won the day.

Black America has already been devastated by the politics of victimization and undermining tradition. Forty years ago, 70 percent of black families were intact, with husband and wife together. Out of wedlock births were a third of what they are today. Here is a snapshot have how things look now in America's inner cities:

* 60 percent of black children grow up in fatherless homes.
* 800,000 black men are in jail or prison.
* 70 percent of black babies are born to unwed mothers.
* Over 300,000 black babies are aborted annually.
* 50 percent of new AIDS cases are in the black community.
* Almost half of young black men in America's cities are neither working nor in school.

This depressing picture is the product of 40 years of welfare state propaganda that purged values and personal responsibility from black life and replaced them with a message that the answer to life's problems is government programs.

The prodigious challenge that the black community faces today is to restore the black family and to revitalize the values and traditions that will keep those families together and enable them to raise emotionally and spiritually healthy productive children.

Sadly, we are far from that goal. We must deal with a deeply damaged community, as the statistics above show. And in conveying our message, we must compete for the attention of fatherless black children with the ongoing destructive messages spouted by popular American culture. The last thing we need at this point is the legal marginalization of our traditional values, which is what the gay community wants.

Martin Luther King's dream was an American society that would permit black freedom. My dream is a black community that becomes mature and responsible enough to take advantage of the freedom it now has. We cannot afford to sit by idly while others work to undermine the very values that are critical to making this dream possible.

Star Parker is president of the Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), and author of the newly released book, "Uncle Sam's Plantation." which is available for purchase. She can be reached at .

Star Parker

Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can do About It.