January 7, 2006

MUSTN'T LET THE ATOMS BOND...:

Marriage is great equalizer for blacks (Roland Warren, Jan 6, 2006, USA Today)

As a happily married man, I have been troubled by the oft-stated myth that the institution of wedlock has never been central to the African-American heritage.

Unfortunately, this view has permeated the African-American community and society at large. Now, it may be single-handedly holding back blacks in their pursuit of social, economic and educational progress.

According to testimony given last fall to a Senate subcommittee by Ron Haskins of The Brookings Institution, from 1970 to 2001, the overall marriage rate declined 17% but 34% for blacks. The overall rate for out-of-wedlock births is 33% compared with 70% for blacks.

These disappointing trends are critical because research has shown that marriage provides significant benefits for men and women. Most important, children who are raised by their married, biological parents do better across every measure of economic, social, health and educational well-being than children raised in other family arrangements. In fact, when comparing families of similar socioeconomic status, these black children have similar outcomes as their white counterparts. Marriage is the great equalizer.


Which is why Democrats oppose the President's marriage intitiative--when blacks are equal they'll be less dependent on government and on the party of government.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 7, 2006 8:51 PM
Comments

In other words, poor Blacks are the poverty pimps meal tickets to the good life. Why would they do anything to stop that cash flow?

Posted by: erp at January 8, 2006 10:34 AM
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