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Providing low- and no-cost services for, say, child care is OK if parents are working. Better to have the children of the working poor cared for than left alone to fend for themselves. But you support policy that encourages parents to ship their young off to child care so they can sit home, make more babies and watch reruns of “Who’s Yo’ Baby Daddy?” on a 42-inch TV screen.

Pardon the extreme stereotypes, but, Lord knows, blacks are sick and tired of being sick and tired. That’s why it would be nice to hear you push the benefits of the very family values that helped you reach the hallowed halls of the U.S. Capitol.

You know, husbands and wives raising children and being engaged with their children’s schooling.

It’s hard, I know, because House members serve two-year terms and are always in election mode. But you have had 40 years to push your agenda, and black families are hurting as much today as they were in 1969. It’s time to give back.

Remember what Height said: “We have survived because of family.”


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