The Public Interest

Broken streets, broken lives

John J. DiIulio, Jr.

Spring 2000

DESPITE the dawn of political correctness, we have come a long and welcome way from the days when Daniel Patrick Moynihan was excoriated as a racist and sexist for suggesting in a 1965 U.S. Department of Labor report that the rise of the female-headed “Negro family” was a burgeoning threat to black socioeconomic progress. We have even advanced from the not-too-distant days a decade ago when, having written in this journal on inner-city crime, I was scolded by liberal academic colleagues for suggesting that poor but decent blacks wanted tile “truly deviant” criminals in their neighborhoods to be incarcerated.

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