Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Murray, race and class...

In talking with someone this AM, I thought of an interesting irony about Charles Murray and accusations about racism in some of his work.

In Losing Ground and Coming Apart, Murray's explanations for the "breakdown of the family" (which are famously/highly disproportionate among African-Americans-- about 70% vs. 30%) are entirely class-based and connected to economic (dis)incentives inherent in policy changes since the 1960s. Rejecting or diminishing his arguments would almost certainly put more weight on (non-PC) racial explanations.


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