Black Fatherless Children

by Walter Williams

“In 1938, 11 percent of blacks were born to unmarried women. By 1965, that number had grown to 25 percent. Now it’s about 75 percent.

Even during slavery, when marriage between blacks was illegal, a higher percentage of black children were raised by their biological mothers and fathers than today.

In 1940, 86 percent of black children were born inside marriage.

Today, only 35 percent of black children are born inside marriage. Having no father in the home has a serious impact. Children with no father in the home are five times more likely to be poor and commit crime, nine times more likely to drop out of school and 20 times more likely to be in prison.

Our generous welfare system, in effect, allows women to marry the government.

Plus, there is shortage of marriageable black men because they’ve dropped out of school, wound up in jail and haven’t much of a future.”

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