The African-American family is breaking down. According to The Heritage Foundation’s FamilyFacts.org, less than 40 percent of African-American children in the United States live in a two-parent household.

Worse, nihilism is setting in. When the predominant voices in culture denigrate and reject those building blocks of civil society, individuals can be left with little guidance or expectation for the future.

Speaking last week at Heritage, Carl Ellis argued that family breakdown, a decrease in the church’s influence, and historical migration trends among the black community has led to a crisis of identity and direction in that community.

Even though many African-Americans value the promises of family, personal achievement and self-reliance, argues Ellis, a professor of practical theology at Redeemer Seminary, hopeless nihilism dominates much of today’s black culture.

Ellis’ solution? Rejecting this discordant strain and restoring confidence in African-American mainstream values.

Watch his remarks after the jump.

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