Many of us do not have a positive core identity -- and the sound character associated with it -- because we have not been brought up in "average expectable environments," especially in average expectable "home" environments.
Dysfunctional behavior has impeded the academic success of our students and the stability of our homes and communities.
Black leaders' vilification of Booker T. Washington's Self-Responsibility Tradition, and their idolization of DuBois's System-Responsibility Tradition, have resulted in a civil-rights fixation which has curtailed the creation of the "average expectable environments" required for family stability and the forging of a positive core identity.
The roots of it all
Political correctness and racial sensitivity have combined to heap disrepute upon any analysis which looks within and places blame for our crisis and problems, not just on the system, but also on us African Americans. As a result, we get a flow of flawed analyses and failed prescriptions. The Foundation's founder has tried to avoid these shortcomings. Foremost, the causes are openly and honestly addressed, and they lead -- not so much to the system -- but to our own identity, character, and tradition.
Now we can turn to the cure for those causes.