Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Race Gap is a Marriage Gap: Child Poverty

I believe that most of the gap between African Americans and other Americans is due to the very low black married parent rate. Support for this view comes from a study by Adam Thomas and Isabel Sawhill, cited in The State of Our Unions 2009:

If family structure had not changed between 1960 and 1998, the Black child poverty rate in 1998 would have been 28.4 percent rather than 45.6 percent.


Unknown said...

So then, what caused the marriage gap?

Gruntled said...

This is a great mystery. Black marriages do seem to have been more fragile going back to slavery. Why they suddenly passed a tipping point in the last generation, no one knows for sure.