Former Florida Rep. Allen West asserted Friday that liberal policies were responsible for the high unemployment and out-of-wedlock births in the African-American community.

“These are the unintended consequences of Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society programs and the war on poverty, when he came out and said if you just give a woman a check for having a child out of wedlock without having a father in the home you will be helping them,” West said at the Road to Majority conference at the J.W. Marriott hotel in Washington sponsored by the Faith & Freedom Coalition.

“If we’re not careful with the progressive, socialist programs, that they have to destroy our inner cities, to destroy and breakdown the family, then guess what you get,” West continued.

West stated that only 29 percent of black children have mothers and fathers.

“That is not the black community that I grew up in,” West said. “How many black children will be able to celebrate Father’s Day this coming Sunday?”

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