Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), a freshman conservative congressman and former Army officer, said that the “breakdown of the Black family” is one of the most important causes of the economic disparity facing the black community.
“We are here today to talk about economic freedom, as opposed to
economic dependency,” West said at a Capitol Hill forum Monday
addressing “Economic Empowerment in the Black Community.”
“‘Husband’ and ‘Wife’ in the black community are at 28 percent; that
leads to a failure in education and that leads to a failure in urban
statistics and revitalization,” West said.