Thursday, September 15, 2011

Black stats

Seventy percent of Black children are born to single-parent families, which means, of course, mother-led families without fathers. That fact alone contributes to the poverty and criminality which disproportionately infects* American Black communities. The most salient indicator of both being poor and winding up on the wrong side of the law is being raised in an unwed-mother home.

As I have noted, the current ikons of Black Manhood are thugs, "gangstas". This is arrested development, a stunted and adolescent form of maleness. Given the lack of fathering, who could be surprised? And what must the pain and rage be among Black men, the majority of whom know that their fathers did not give enough of a damn about them or their mothers to hang around and raise them?

And the women who continue to get pregnant without marriage partners, they, too, bear a huge responsibility.

This sad state also has a shadow element. I remember how shocked I was when I first discovered it: that Black women abort their offspring at a rate twice that of Whites. The piece mentioned here confirms that.

The Black community's big problem is not White Racism. It's what they do to one another.

Our big problem is that when they try to deflect from their failure by blaming us, far too many of us believe them.

*By using "infects", I implied that this was some alien disease that had attacked a healthy body. Bad metaphor. The disease is behavior and self-inflicted.

1 comment:

Leah said...

That was Margaret Sanger's intention all along.

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