The Silence of Our Friends

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Family Values: Made in America?

The following is an excerpt from a great post by Priscilla Huang from the NAPAWF. Go read the whole thing!!

Notably, the study also cites Daniel Patrick Moynihan's infamous 1965 report, "The Negro Family: The Case for National Action," which attacked the matriarchal structure of poor African-American families and proposed military enlistment for young black men as the solution to the "deterioration of the Negro family." Both the Moynihan report and the CIS study assume that nuclear family structures are the ideal standard and both dismiss alternative family structures—particularly those that are headed by single or unmarried women—as morally destructive and socially deviant.

In addition, it's important to note the more underhanded reason that the CIS study compares the out of wedlock birth rates of immigrant women to that of African-American women: to divide communities of color on the immigration debate. The sexual and reproductive decisions of women of color have always come under scrutiny, and the United States (along with many countries in the Global North) has a long history of trying to control the fertility of low-income women of color. As such, women's bodies have long been the political battleground for oppressive policy-making. Immigration reform is no different.

1 comment(s):

Excellent article. When the conservative movement splits on an issue, you can always count on each side using white racist fears to bolster their arguments, no matter which side they are on. This is so classic and disgusting.

By Blogger Ravenmn, at 6/02/2007 8:52 AM  

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