About Kira & her Blog
Kira is a winner of Top 25 Political Moms - 2012
What political issue are you most passionate about?
I am very passionate about the expansion of the welfare state, and specifically how it has affected the Black community. However, I don't look at that as a political issue, but more as a human/cultural issue. As late as the 1960's over 70% of Black children were born into married households. Today, 73% of Black children are being raised in single-parent families, missing fathers for the most part. It is no coincidence that the rise of welfare dependency in recent decades among Black Americans has been alongside the decline of the Black family. Nearly every study done on the subject affirms that married households/nuclear families are the number one indicator in the success of a child as they grow. Welfare was intended as a hand up, but the results in the Black community have been to replace the need for a man in the home, thus disrupting the family genesis. This has had a devastating affect in our homes and communities. I feel strongly that the traditional family plus capitalism is the greatest strategy for success. I passionately defend both principles as important in restoring the Black community.
How do you to teach your children the importance of civic duty?
I always take my children into the voting booth with me. I want them to see what it's like to be a part of the process of government. I want them to share my excitement at the privilege of choosing our leaders and representatives. I also teach them accountability: holding others and themselves accountable for what they say, promise and do. I think that as they grow that sense of accountability will translate to what they expect from their politicians and their government.
What's a political issue you've changed your views on?
I used to be a socialist liberal. My point of view changed when I had the opportunity to live in the inner city of Gary, IN and run an after school program for local children. While there I was able to see the direct result of all the social programs that had now become commonplace in the Black community. I began to see that what I used to see as "help" was actually trapping many good people in a cycle of dependency. These policies were creating more problems, not fewer. As I navigated the public school system on behalf of my students I became more and more convinced that school choice was the best chance for Black parents to secure better educational services for their children. My views changed over the years and I now consider myself passionately conservative.
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