Some people claim that the differences between blacks and whites, blacks and Asians, or blacks and black immigrants result from discriminatory policies. These people claim the persistent wealth gap between blacks and others is responsible for blacks’ low quality-of-life issues. Many who appeal to this claim embrace Critical Race Theory or antiracism as the reason and antidote for the divergences between blacks and their multiethnic peers.
But is that true? Is discrimination the reason for these disparities? Not really. Sure, one can claim that bigots still exist in America, but individual bigots aren’t at the same level of segregation, which was the paramount example of institutional racism in America.
One reason for these disparities is that the marriage rates in black communities have fallen since the late 1960s. The lack of married black families is why blacks suffer statistical inequality in academia and the economy and a low output demonstrating merit equal to our peers.
One of the reasons blacks make less than whites, African immigrants, and Asians is the low levels of black marriages. In 2020, only 30 percent of blacks were married compared to the national marriage rate of 48 percent. Moreover, 52 percent of black men and 48 percent of black women have never been married. The number of black children that lived in single-parent households in 2021 was 64 percent, compared to 42 percent for Latinos, 24 percent for whites, and 16 percent for Asians.
By comparison, the white marriage rate is 52 percent, the Asian marriage rate is 58 percent, and the marriage rate for black immigrants is 61 percent.
In the early 20th century, black men and women had higher marriage rates than their white counterparts, confirmed by census data until after 1940. This data shows that the broken black family did not always exist and was not a consequence of slavery. After slavery ended, blacks navigated former slave routes to reconstruct their families destroyed during enslavement.
As a result of the number of single-headed households in black communities, the poverty rate is higher than it should be–almost 20 percent in 2021. However, the poverty rate for black married families has been in the single digits since 1994. The poverty rate for married black couples in 2022 was 7.2 percent.
Embracing academic excellence and merit-based success will be hard without increasing black marriage rates, which will maintain significant income and wealth gaps.
Earned education meaningfully factors into income-earning potential, economic mobility, and wealth acquisition. According to “African Americans: College Majors and Earnings,” a study conducted by the McCourt School of Public Policy for Georgetown University, American black students are likelier to choose academic majors that do not have a high rate of return concerning income levels. Black students are more likely to major in social work and early childhood education, which does not have the same earning power as anyone, regardless of color, majoring in pharmaceutical studies, medicine, engineering, or the law.
Likewise, U.S. News & World Report found, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education, that the average black high school graduate has approximately the same reading and math scores as the average white eighth-grade graduate. The claim that racial preferences purport to work in blacks’ favor is false. Racial preference programs get blacks into universities where blacks lack academic preparation, making it hard to succeed. Blacks then choose majors that do not yield high incomes, maintaining income and wealth disparities. Regarding educational institutions, blacks get into colleges where they’re unprepared, and often, blacks drop out of college with debt.
According to Thinkimpact.com, 35 percent of blacks who enter college drop out. Personal discrimination cannot easily explain this process, especially when the academic “system” is established and habitually refined to be as racially advantageous–through racial preference programs–for blacks, at the expense of whites and Asians, as possible.
One can argue that the dropout rate for blacks results from the lack of married parents, undereducation in high school, too much television and social media, and being mismatched for colleges and universities in which they’re unprepared.
Also, without a restored black family, abortion rates have increased, according to data from the C.D.C. In its Surveillance Summaries for the period covered in 2019, released in November 2021, black women had 38.4 percent of all abortions– 28.3 abortions per 1000 women and 386 abortions per 1000 live births. By comparison, the abortion rate for white women was 33.4 percent, while the abortion rate for Hispanic women was 21 percent. The Kaiser Family Foundation shows that non-Hispanic black women accounted for 39 percent of all abortions in 2020, compared to 33 percent for non-Hispanic white women and 21 percent for Hispanic women. Without a redeemed black family, black abortion rates will continue to increase.
It is challenging for blacks to protest racial discrimination against us while black mothers kill high percentages of their pre-born children in the womb.
Without black fathers in their children’s lives, criminality will grow among young black men. According to the Uniform Crime Report published by the F.B.I., black men are responsible for 57 percent of murder and non-negligent manslaughter and 53 percent of robbery.
It is torturous to suggest that the breakdown of black families resulted from racism. Blacks can reform everything mentioned here. Married black families can reduce poverty, improve academic performance and confidence in their children, and embrace academic, moral, and economic excellence. Married fathers should model the kind men their sons should be and exemplify high-level spouses for their daughters. Married black families can also reduce abortion rates and high rates of criminality among young men.
Blacks married at higher rates when America embraced economic and cultural segregation. Racial discrimination doesn’t factor into redeeming and restoring the black family, especially since America was much more racist toward blacks during segregation. However, personal responsibility does matter, and I believe black families can reform these elements of black culture. This reformation starts by re-embracing the Christian principles of human flourishing–having a job, getting married, having kids after marriage, and being actively involved in the children’s lives to show they’re equal and able to achieve the same as their multiethnic counterparts. It also starts with black churches and pastors telling their congregations it matters when parents are married because God ordained it. Children must have a mother and a father present in the home rather than cohabitating couples. Data shows that single mothers cannot raise children and express the meaning of academic and moral excellence. This turnaround can happen if two parents are actively involved–and present– in their children’s lives and homes.