If you didn’t catch Bill Cosby and Dr. Alvin Poussaint on Meet the Press this weekend, Bob Herbert gives a good summary of what’s in their book:

The most important step toward ending the tragic cycles of violence and poverty among African-Americans also happens to be the heaviest lift — reconnecting black fathers to their children.

In an interview yesterday, Dr. Poussaint said: “You go into whole neighborhoods and there are no fathers there. What you find is apathy in a lot of the males who don’t even know that they are supposed to be a father.”

On a related note, I was surprised during the interview by how frank Tim Russert was about the discrepency between crack and cocaine sentencing laws, which are often considered racist for disporportionately punishing blacks.

It’s too bad that Russert never has the opportunity to interview, say, important politicians and ask them about this injustice.