Monday, November 08, 2010

Government Destines Black Children to Poverty

The federal government reports that 72% of black children are now born to unwed mothers.

Even in black churches, "nobody talks about it. It's like some big secret."

UPDATE 5/30/14: President Obama Replaces Fathers with Government Mentors

UPDATE 6/14/13: Former Congressman Allen West asserts liberal government responsible for African-American broken families and unemployment

UPDATE 1/17/11: Black leaders declare government a failure for black children

UPDATE 11/9/10 New York Times: Black boys failing in school; educators are miffed and want President Obama to find a solution

-- From "Blacks struggle with 72 percent unwed mothers rate" by Jesse Washington, The Associated Press 11/7/10

"The girls don't think they have to get married. I tell them children deserve a mama and a daddy. They really do," [OB-GYN Dr. Natalie] Carroll says . . . Carroll is among the few whom black women will actually listen to.

"A mama can't give it all. And neither can a daddy, not by themselves," Carroll says. "Part of the reason is because you can only give that which you have. A mother cannot give all that a man can give. A truly involved father figure offers more fullness to a child's life."

Statistics show just what that fullness means. Children of unmarried mothers of any race are more likely to perform poorly in school, go to prison, use drugs, be poor as adults, and have their own children out of wedlock.

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.

To read the above very lengthy article, CLICK HERE.

From "Inequality Statistics and Poverty Facts" by James Banks, Young Leaders Program at the Heritage Foundation 10/29/10

In America, a primary cause of child poverty is family breakdown. Today, four out of ten children is born outside of marriage. Sadly, children of single-parent families are seven times more likely to be exposed to poverty than peers in intact families. If unwed mothers married the fathers of their children, their likelihood of living [in] poverty would be reduced by two-thirds.

In this regard, government policies have only worsened problems, penalizing marriage and incentivizing perverse behavior. . . . poverty growth resulting from out-of-wedlock births is not just a statistic; it is a fact that becomes less tractable every year.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Read also, U.S. Birthrate Below Replacement; Record Unwed Birthrate and Pro-family = Anti-poverty: Colorado State Rep.