Re "He needs a family plan," Opinion, Nov. 20
Jonah Goldberg's recommendation to President Obama to advocate for better family values among African Americans is incredibly offensive. Given Goldberg's long-standing opposition to just about anything Obama does, I get the impression that he raises this issue primarily as a line of attack on the president.
The casual way in which Goldberg marshals oversimplified demographic and research findings in service of his agenda is mean-spirited and smacks of the kind of thinly veiled racism that we saw throughout this election.
Let me get this straight: Goldberg's proposal is that the black president tell black fathers to toe the line so that there can be more black professional baseball players?
I have a better idea. How about the GOP stops blocking Obama's proposals directed at increasing economic opportunity and shoring up the social safety net for lower- and middle-income families — black, white, brown or whatever.
If Goldberg really wanted to deal with the problem of fatherless children, he would have mentioned the two most significant ways of helping deal with the problem: free contraception and a rational sex education program in schools. The Republican call for cutting off funding for Planned Parenthood and demanding abstinence-only sex education shows just how unimportant the issue is for them.
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