The chief of the Washington-based Center for Urban Renewal and Education says the social experiment implemented over the last 50 years in the United States has all but destroyed the black family, and the cure is capitalism.
"It is clear when you have consistent values, traditional values, when you have a limited role of government, when you have free markets, people prosper," said Star Parker, the founder and president of CURE. "You break out of poverty."
Parker was interviewed for WND-TV by Joseph Farah, founder and CEO of WND.com, and also for WND Books and WND Films.
Her organization is a nonprofit think tank that addresses issues of race and poverty through principles of faith, freedom and personal responsibility.
"Our objective is to build awareness that the conservative agenda of traditional values, limited government, and private ownership is of greatest marginal benefit to low income peoples," explains the organization.
Parker also is a syndicated columnist published in more than 400 newspapers weekly.
Her own testimony lends credibility to her work. She was seven years in and out of welfare dependency when, through Christian faith, her life changed. She returned to school, started a business and began reaching her goals.
The WND-TV interview focused on the status of urban America today, specifically the plight of welfare-dependent, under-accomplishing black families.
"Let's look at the two ideas," said Parker. "We have tried a social experiment for the last 50 years on the black community."
But she said instead of improvement, what started as a community with 70 percent of the children raised in married households now is just the opposite, and poverty persists.
"What is tragic about this experiment," she said, "is that now the black community is in chaos, because when you don't have healthy marriages raising children, then you have young men who are sexual prowlers. Unproductive men are dangerous men."
An alternative track is traditional marriage, working, saving and investing.
She said the civil rights movement originally was about "removing government barriers over education so we can live free, build economic stability and wealth."
President Lyndon Johnson's 'war on poverty," she said, has cost trillions of dollars and left the black community in chaos.
Parker said the biggest challenge in the community is to inspire young people to work for themselves.
"They think they cannot build their own lives. When you don't have a hope for tomorrow, you're going to waste away today," she said.
She said her organization works to get the message out, examines where reforms in the law would help and reaches out to build a network of support.