Since the civil rights movement of the 1960s, Dr. Poussaint says many people have forgotten what the cause was all about. "A lot of people kind of fell into decadence that we see in the media all the time—the gangster rap, the people not caring about their neighborhood. Even since the civil rights movement, we have more black people hurting other black people, killing other black people," he says. "[There are] not enough people like Bill and others talking about what people can do for themselves."
Dr. Poussaint says one of the major issues is the absence of father figures. "Many of these fathers are not present. They're absent. Many of them are even incarcerated. Many don't have jobs," Dr. Poussaint says. "And a lot of these young men don't even feel that it's important to be a father because many of them grew up in fatherless homes. The cycle just continues."