Skip to comments.Blacks struggle with 72 percent unwed mothers rate
Posted on 11/08/2010 10:21:24 AM PST by roses of sharon
The black community's 72 percent rate eclipses that of most other groups: 17 percent of Asians, 29 percent of whites, 53 percent of Hispanics and 66 percent of Native Americans were born to unwed mothers in 2008, the most recent year for which government figures are available. The rate for the overall U.S. population was 41 percent.
This issue entered the public consciousness in 1965, when a now famous government report by future senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan described a "tangle of pathology" among blacks that fed a 24 percent black "illegitimacy" rate. The white rate then was 4 percent.
Many accused Moynihan, who was white, of "blaming the victim:" of saying that black behavior, not racism, was the main cause of black problems. That dynamic persists. Most talk about the 72 percent has come from conservative circles; when influential blacks like Bill Cosby have spoken out about it, they have been all but shouted down by liberals saying that a lack of equal education and opportunity are the true root of the problem.
Even in black churches, "nobody talks about it," Carroll says. "It's like some big secret."
There are simple arguments for why so many black women have children without marriage.
The legacy of segregation, the logic goes, means blacks are more likely to attend inferior schools. This creates a high proportion of blacks unprepared to compete for jobs in today's economy, where middle-class industrial work for unskilled laborers has largely disappeared.
The drug epidemic sent disproportionate numbers of black men to prison, and crushed the job opportunities for those who served their time. Women don't want to marry men who can't provide for their families, and welfare laws created a financial incentive for poor mothers to stay single.
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It is sickening that for 40 years running these American children are being brought up under such horrific crime, education, and political circumstances.
It should be unacceptable to all...but what can be done?
Blacks are 91% for Obama’s “redistribution” of middle class money, so it is indeed a problem.
You put a ring on her finger and work your butt off to provide for her and your children.
Shocking concept, but for those men (not just black men) who do it, the more successful they are individually.
Blacks struggle with 72,000,000 milllion unwed father rate
America elected a black president. Enough of the excuses.
Blacks struggle with 72,000,000 unwed father rate
If they have a 72 percent unwed mothers rate they aren’t struggling very hard.
It doesn’t sound like they are struggling at all with it.
Bill Cosby tried to address this issue, among others, not too long ago and was promptly vilified. So, I guess nothing can be done.
It just shows how much Sharpton,Jackson et al really care about their own.
Pants on the ground.
I heard that the percentage of black mothers who are unwed is much lower than the percentage of black babies born to unwed mothers. The unwed black mothers have far more babies than married black mothers.
The first step to recovery is admitting there is a problem. But in today’s PC world, any White who talks about the problem is branded a racist, and few Blacks are willing to talk about it - preferring to blame the problem on Whites.
No doubt. Look at the white illegitimacy rate -- 4% in 1965, 29% in 2010. Cultural disintegration.
Yeah, it's real struggle to knock up every baby momma you run across.
The article is a long one, and many in it are very concerned, and some quoted in the article do “get it”.
Well, it appears that what we can do is stop whatever it is we have been doing since the rates have been climbing steadily since the 1960s. I believe the black unwed birthrate was about 23% in 1960 and the white rate was about 4%. Since then we have made black fathers (and white fathers for that matter) irrelevant. And what has happened?
Thank you, Johnson’s Great Society.
Broke the back of the Black Family and it crept out to everyone else.
Thank you, Sexual Revolution. Now every family has a slut in the closet.
Doesn't appear that they're struggling all that hard, since the problem has been around for decades.
Thank you for that info, I was unaware of that.
So many of my peers daughters have had at least one baby before they got married. It frankly sort of shocked me, but it seems to be the norm nowadays.
It does not seem they keep them in the closet.
My dady was so smart.
He has been telling me about this inevitable result of Democrat nonsense since the seventies.
And packing them on top of each other in public housing was a mistake.
Just imagine trying to raise a child with gangs next door...it was a horrible public policy decision.
She gets the gubbamint check, not the guy.
The guy gets child support.(not that he’ll pay it)
Jesse jackson should take the lead in this issue, I mean he is a expert with hands on experience making a black woman an unwed mother.
Struggle? As if this burden is being forced upon them?
A lot of people don’t realize this. Between 1970 and 2005, the out of wedlock birth rate for blacks dropped from 96 per 1000 to around 60 out of 1000. So the rate has steadily dropped for 35 years. The problem is that the rate of births to married blacks has dropped faster.
1) 17 percent of Asians
2) 29 percent of whites
3) 53 percent of Hispanics
4) 66 percent of Native Americans
5) 72 percent of blacks
It just confirms the fact of how important a stable family is.
Bill Cosby was right, and got hammered by the left for speaking the truth.
Step one is to provide and protect. Provide a forum for honest discussion and problem-solving, and protecting the people who speak the truth.
Step two is to replace 90% of the American-hating, self-loathing white elite in the media with black, brown, and Asian men and women, whose education came from the school of ‘hard knocks’.
Step three: Replace the Ivy League schmucks from any and all gov’t agencies with people who have actually worked for a living most of their adult lives.
Step four: Tar and feather all activist judges, replacing them with those who respect the Constitution and who don't want to be bothered with frivolous lawsuits intended to take down this country.
Step five: Implement the school voucher program. Allow any school to get rid of the troublemakers so the children that want to learn can. Without fear of financial or other retribution.
I am guessing Hallmark does not sell many Fathers Day cards in Harlem.
Absolutely, many get abortions...
The hip-hop/urban culture treats women as pieces of meat, to be used for self-gratification then discarded like yesterday’s trash.
There’s no surprise that this would be the result of such primitive, thuggish thinking.
Well, that’s really sad. When I taught high school I always hated that people made over the pregnant high school girls. I didn’t want to be *mean* to them, but I also didn’t want to encourage the behavior. It really is true that other girls see the attention and think how much fun it is to also have a baby. People discount that as a factor, but teens tend to want to do what others are doing, and they have very little foresight. My first year teaching I had a pregnant 9th grader who already had a baby at home.
But, no one will talk about it. Not the blacks, not the whites, not the Hispanics. The Conservatives do not want to talk about it either, due to the obvious indictment of Sarah Palin.
Sorry, I don’t trust the liberal “Atlantic” on anything.
Since BEFORE johnson tried to build his “Great Society”, same as it ever was.
Exactly. And the DemonRat Party yanked them down. Republicans need to go to the ministers and preachers and work with the churches to improve education in the inner cities. Education vouchers is something they would welcome.
There’s the wedge issue.
White unwed mothers are seeing a huge increase in having black babies out of wedlock.
As a result, fatherless male children have no role models and fatherless females follow their mothers’ ritual.
All of these children grow up believing that the Government is their benefactor and socialism is reborn in every generation; to thrive in perpetuity.
The odds are overwhelming.
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I was just going to almost post the same thing. I was thinking 3 generations of welfare thanks to Johnson's Great Society black vote getting scheme + Thank You Bill Clinton. You know, everyone was initially shocked with the Monica thing. . then it became a joke. You don't think attitudes and cultural shifts come from the top down? You betcha' they do.
As an aside, seems I'm seeing more interracial couples recently. Is this "cool" now since Obama? Any stats on this?
I know, and it is crazy for Conservatives not to talk about it, especially social conservatives.
Because it is what drove this nation towards the Nannie State...to Socialism, Marxism, Comunisum, less freedom, more rules and regs, which leads dangerous men being elected to the Congress and the Presidency.
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” — C.S. Lewis