Allen West – “We don’t need to look to…DC for role models…look to your dads”
Via the Right Scoop
Allen West, at a CBC event, was asked if he would encourage those in his party to support Obama as a role model for black children. In answering the question, Allen West gets to the core of the issue, that we need to reestablish the family so that black children can look to their fathers as role models and won’t have to look elsewhere.
Here’s the clip (via AIM):
West goes on to quote Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY) who said (West’s quote) “You take the black father out of the black home and you start to reward young African-American women for having children out of wedlock.” [The Moynihan Report 1965]
Full quote (via Katie Pavlich);
“It’s great that we have President Barack Hussein Obama as the first black, African-American President of the United States of America, but I didn’t have to someone beyond my own dad,” West said. “When you look at the black family structure right now, less than 33 percent have mother and father in the home. Once upon a time in the black community you didn’t have to look at people outside your home for role models. We’ve have got to get that re-established so we don’t have to look up to Washington D.C. You can look at your dads.”
Off the top of his head, West said “…less than 33% [of black families] have both a mother and a father in the home.”
This was prompted by a question asked by a member of the audience along the lines of “Shouldn’t you advocate supporting Obama and using him as a role model for what education can do…” to make education a positive thing in our inner cities.
Even the moderator (who was identified by Katie Pavlich as Crystal Wright, a Townhall.com contributor and blogger at ConservativeBlackChick.com) said looking to the first black President could be an encouragement to young men, but wouldn’t that be even better if there were a father in the house?
- Rep. Allen West: “We Need Black Fathers, Not Washington D.C.” (allenwestrepublic.wordpress.com)
- Allen West’s – CBC Workshops on Blacks in Military, D.C. Statehood Attract Crowds (allenwestrepublic.wordpress.com)
- Rep. Allen West considers quitting CBC – Politico (news.google.com)