Out of wedlock births in the black community went from less than 30% pre Great Society to todays figure which stands at 70%.
And they went up much more (500% increase) among whites from 1965 to 1990.In 1965, 24 percent of black infants and 3.1 percent of white infants were born to single mothers. By 1990 the rates had risen to 64 percent for black infants, 18 percent for whites.
Society in general but the African American community is bearing a disproportionate amount of the problem. Unemployment among black youth today is about 40% compared to an already high 8% among the general population. And you don't think the rap and gang culture has anything to do with that?
I think you've got the causality reversed. Unemployment isn't high because gangs are popular; gangs are popular because unemployment is high. And, no, it's not the Great Society, either. It's the changes made starting with Reagan and continuing pretty much since then, with deregulation of business, power taken away from unions, and a tax code that increasingly favors the well-off. Along with other factors that are out of any politician's control, such as the outsourcing and elimination of jobs made possible by technology.
I mean, look, I'm sorry that there's such a gang problem in Chicago, but kids in New York City listen to rap, too, so that can't be the cause of the difference.
Not looking to debate or discuss politics not connected to music as this rap discussion has pretty much been. I believe that some rap has a very negative effect on society and you apparently don't. That's cool.