Benita Dodd said the breakdown of the African-American family is a major factor that contributes to poverty when she participated in a panel this week in Atlanta. “Climbing the Ladder: Overcoming Obstacles to Achieving the American Dream” was presented by the Charles Koch Institute.
“If you look at this country through the time of racial segregation, if you look at this country before the civil rights era when family cohesion was so much a part of the African-American family I think that you can see a lot more advancement having happened then than today,” said Dodd, who grew up in South Africa during apartheid.
“Unfortunately too much of it is that moral imperative where we see that people have forgotten what family means. You know what the impact of single parents is. It’s been shown time and again that a lower income comes from single parents and the lack of a role model of a father is a huge impediment to economic advancement and social advancement. We have to look at the family unit.”
Dodd is Vice President of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. Other panelists included Max Borders from the Foundation for Economic Education, Richard Reeves from the Brookings Institution and Doug Shipman from the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta. The conversation is moderated by Alexis Scott, former publisher of the Atlanta Daily World. This video is the complete program.