WASHINGTON, D.C. — July 29, 2019 — News Release from: The Coalition to Create a White House Council on Boys and Men. http://whitehouseboysmen.org/
In a rare bridging of political divisions, Democratic Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, and Conservative TV Commentator Laura Ingraham all decried the public health crisis facing U.S. boys and men.
Yang spoke to Warren Farrell, the chairman of a multi-partisan coalition calling for a White House Council on Boys and Men. “I have two young boys myself,” Yang said. “For whatever reason, our culture is ignoring the fact that we have so many young men who feel like they’re getting pushed to the sidelines at schools.”
Yang elaborated that “schools that don’t really meet the needs of a lot of boys. We emphasize conformity and rigidity. A lot of boys aren’t really well-designed for that. And then they get on the workforce, and the workforce doesn’t have a place for them. Almost one out of five prime working-age American men is out of the workforce.” Watch the video interview here: https://youtu.be/fl_i67q50wQ
Fed Chair Powell sounded a similar alarm, tying youth unemployment to the opioid crisis, “The opioid crisis is millions of people. They tend to be young males. And it’s a very significant problem. And it’s part of a larger picture of low labor force participation, particularly by young males.”
Farrell, author of The Boy Crisis: Why Our Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It, described his research that indicts dad deprivation as the prime cause of boys suffering a crisis in their social and emotional development. In response Yang lamented that “40% of kids are born to single parents today, and 90% of those cases are single moms. So if you’re a little boy growing up with a single mom, the mom’s generally working. You don’t have enough time, and then you don’t have strong male role models.”
At the other end of the political spectrum, Ingraham, known for her conservative views about big government, conceded, “I’m not usually one for promoting new commissions or studies, but in this case, I think it’s long overdue.”
“Just on the issue of suicide,” Ingraham said, “When I saw these numbers—I have two sons—it shocks you. Ages 15 to 19 years boys have three times the suicide rate of girls. They have four and half times the suicide rate of girls between the ages of 20 and 24.” “That’s just one the issues we have,” Ingraham added. “We have drop-out rates that are higher and opioid use that is higher.”
The Commissioners for a White House Council on Boys and Men are asking President Trump to create a council to respond to the public health crisis robbing boys and men of their mental and physical health and their economic viability.
Yang quotes retrieved from: https://youtu.be/fl_i67q50wQ
Powell quotes retrieved from: https://youtu.be/VL1vEFoKK3Y?t=112
Ingraham retrieved from: https://youtu.be/VL1vEFoKK3Y
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