The black family in decline, source of so many Austin problems

More here on Austin issues, from Austin Talks:

African Americans make up a disproportionate percentage of the U.S. prison population, black students drop out of school at alarming rates and are increasingly victims and perpetrators of violence, causing many of us to wonder why.

One reason could be the dissolution of the African-American family.

A good, clear, healthy treatment of the matter. For instance,

I’ve seen even further dissolution as my grandparents pass on. The role of the African-American family is shifting from a joint family base to a more nuclear based unit where individual families essentially are fending for themselves without much network to fall back on.

Not that the writer prescribes this or that. Rather, she talks about the problem, which is step one, of course. And she is writing for Austin Talks, a project of journalism students at Columbia College Chicago.

(I taught there some years back, had an almost entirely good experience except for one very bad one at the end, about which more later some time, maybe not.)

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  • Jim Bowman  On October 31, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Reblogged this on Blithe Spirit.

  • Jim Ihrig  On October 31, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    It is good to problem solve this vital issue as those who have broken the subject mold have prospered partially through support groups made up of family and friends.
    Jim: how does one get a copy of the articles this young lady writes? JI

    • Jim Bowman  On October 31, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      I googled her, Rasheena Fountain, and found other items — Parents can perpetuate bullying — AustinTalks‎ and The lost voices of children | Articles | News |…/6-25…/The-lost-voices-of-children…‎
      Jun 25, 2013 – Rasheena Fountain. Austin Talks, May 9. A boy with a toothy smile and lively eyes, full of excitement for whatever is to come holds an image of … — plus Twitter and Linked In accounts. She speaks up on these issues.

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