Skip to main content
No. of Recommendations: 1
but one of the things he often mentions, many of the equalities disappear or become statistically insignificant when children are raised in a two parent house hold. Especially if married.

That is not nearly as relevant as it may appear at first glance, because the rates of birth-out-of-wedlock and divorce are strongly dependent on socio-economic stressors, in particular on job opportunities (or lack thereof) for men.

https://thebigsmoke.com/2016/12/29/harvard-study-finds-job-l...

So what you're really saying is that "inequalities disappear when you look at black couples that are either not subject to job losses or otherwise manage to stay together". That's really not a very useful observation, because the subgroup we're talking about here is EXTRAORDINARY in some way, and so this observation tells us very little or nothing about how the average individual/couple fare.

I know that the immediate reflex on the right is always to say that the problem is "black culture" and "individual moral failings", but when you look at what happened in white populations over the last 40 years, the birth-out-of-wedlock, the divorce rate, the rate of alcoholism and drug abuse, they've all gone up in response to declining job opportunities. Their development looks very much like what happened to blacks in the 70s and 80s.

In other words, whence goeth the job opportunity, thence goes the culture.
Print the post  

Announcements

What was Your Dumbest Investment?
Share it with us -- and learn from others' stories of flubs.
When Life Gives You Lemons
We all have had hardships and made poor decisions. The important thing is how we respond and grow. Read the story of a Fool who started from nothing, and looks to gain everything.
Contact Us
Contact Customer Service and other Fool departments here.
Work for Fools?
Winner of the Washingtonian great places to work, and Glassdoor #1 Company to Work For 2015! Have access to all of TMF's online and email products for FREE, and be paid for your contributions to TMF! Click the link and start your Fool career.