7 of the Worst Stereotypes About Black Fathers

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The Number of Children Being Born Outside of Marriage Is a Statement on Morality in the Black Community

According to a 2010 study, 72 percent of Black children are born to unwed mothers, a sharp contrast to the 24 percent detailed in the 1965 Moynihan Report. Some have taken this number as a statement about Black immorality. But as pointed out by Ta-Nehisi Coates in The Atlantic, while the number of unmarried Black women has substantially grown, the actual birthrate (measured by births per 1,000) for Black women is at the lowest point that it’s ever documented. “So while a larger number of Black women are choosing not to marry, many of those women are also choosing not to bring kids into the world,” he wrote. “Whereas at one point married Black women were having more kids than married white women, they are now having less … The idea that, somehow, the Black community has fallen into a morass of cultural pathology is convenient nostalgia. There is nothing ‘immoral’ or ‘pathological’ about deciding not to marry.”

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