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.

2 comments:

paul 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.