Tuesday, November 01, 2005

More of 'That'

I was sure to catch Drudge's recent headline about the increasing out of wedlock births in the U.S. Illegitimacy is known to increase the likelihood of a wide variety of social ills in the communities which are afflicted by it. As well, married, stable families are known to be better wealth creation engines than broken families (i.e., they're more successful).

These are generalizations to be sure, and that fact is often used as an excuse to dismiss findings which are unfavorable to illegitimacy. Part of this has to do with the fact that moral relativists hate reality intruding on to their dream state, but another facet of the apparent acceptance of illegitimacy by elites is the fact that it largely affects groups which have achieved victim status and are therefore, above (below?) criticism. The AP article Drudge cited made no mention of race, but after a little digging on the CDC's site, I extrapolated the following chart of interest:

Seems like this should be something that should be brought to the fore to help address issues within these communities, but don't hold you breath.

Why such a disparate impact? In a semi-related post, Mr. Kendall cites an article with the following interesting tidbit:

But in that inner city, marriage had been destroyed [by welfare]. It had literally ceased to exist in any meaningful way. Possibly one of the most moving moments in Jason de Parle's absolutely wonderful book, American Dream, which follows three welfare mothers through welfare reform, is when he reveals that none of these three women, all in their late thirties, had ever been to a wedding [original emphasis].
What's interesting here is that this issue is not brought up within the American black community, even though this problem is in no small part related to the governmental decisions of white policy makers (in the sixties specifically). Continuing in this vein, government welfare is like a disease with some individuals being more susceptible to it than others. It's worth pointing out that similar policies in the U.K. led to many of the same bad results for the British working class.

In order to keep on my whacked out conspiracy theories, I was recently listening to a black radio talk show where the hosts were discussing this issue, and one of the hosts began discussing 'that'. He said that if he didn't know any better, he'd think that welfare was a scheme cooked up by whitie to keep the black man down. I've talked to enough white, hard soft bigoted liberals myself to think that this might be one of the few racial conspiracy theories that has some meat on it.

Hey, it's a start!

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