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?