White Welfare, White Families, ‘White Trash’

National Review, March 28, 1986.


How many dozens of article, Op-Ed columns, cover stories, talk shows, and features on the six o’clock news have by now used Bill Moyer’s documentary on the vanishing black family as their justification. It is as if censorship had been lifted. Overnight, it has become intellectually chic to say what George Gilder said unfashionably early, eight years ago, in a book called Visible Man: When large numbers of males in a community stop functioning as providers for wives and children, the community collapses no matter what kind of help is given from outside.

The attention is also producing a great deal of distortion, because the spotlight has been trained on blacks.