Star Parker

Today, much of black family life is in shambles, a direct result of the welfare state which emerged the same time as the Civil Rights Act. Meanwhile, since the 1960s, any last vestige of teaching traditional values, of acknowledgement of traditional religious truths, has been purged from our public school system.

Blacks are left with an untenable reality. Kids from largely single parent homes attend public schools where they are not permitted to learn right from wrong. Can anyone believe that this formula for failure can be fixed, regardless of how much more public money is pumped into these schools?

Meeks’ bill got through the Illinois state senate but then hung up in the House where, with a handful more Republican votes, it would have passed. Republicans let down Pastor Meeks and black children.

But black political abandonment is bi-partisan. The DC school voucher program was killed by Democrats (ironically, Illinois Senator Durbin carried the water here).

Dr. King understood that blacks had to solve their own problems. The same holds true today.

New black church leadership must lead their own communities out of the wilderness, away from the illusions of government, to freedom. Their efforts might provide an example to a whole, increasingly confused and lost nation as well.

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.