What Gilder says is a problem for blacks is the fact that young black men are not socialized through marriage. To quote: "The key problem of the underclass--the crucible of crime, the source of violence, the root of poverty--is the utter failure of socialization of young men through marriage. The problem resides in the nexus of men and marriage." Gilder goes on to point out that attempts to address the problems of the underclass all focus on the women! That leaves the men to indulge in being "predators" rather than "providers," and, in many cases to languish in prison. He gives the statistic that 40% of young black males between ages 17 and 35 are in prison or on probation.
Writing some 15 years later, Mitch Pearlstein says that research shows that married men are less likely than single men to break the law. He isn't concerned with race. Some of his statistics:
With praises for the book, he references The Case for Marriage, citing a study which showed that marriage was a significant factor in the lives of those men who "reduced" their criminal activity. Pearlstein is looking for solutions, especially in the area of hiring and jobs, so that criminals can get back on their feet without being condemned forever by their past records. That makes sense--save as many as you can--but we also have to tackle the root of the problem which, whether pertaining to black or white, is a welfare society, a feminized society, a libertine society that has permitted the so-called wonders and privileges of sexual liberation, secularism and feminism to trump the institution of marriage.