City Without Fathers

City Journal – Steven Malanga – City Without Fathers

According to 2005 figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, only 32 percent of Newark children are being raised by their parents in a two-adult household. The rest are distributed among families led by grandparents, foster parents, and single parents—mostly mothers. An astonishing 60 percent of the city’s kids are growing up without fathers. It isn’t that traditional families are breaking up; they aren’t even getting started. The city has one of the highest out-of-wedlock birthrates in the country, with about 65 percent of its children born to unmarried women. And 70 percent of those births are to women who are already poor, meaning that their kids are born directly into poverty.

A good read.

H/T USA Partisan – a great blog

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  • Yes, this was a great piece!

  • And so very relevant to our current situation in Toronto. The family unit is broken in the black community- with the greatest concentration of dysfunction found among those of Jamaicn background. Single mothers raising children sired by absentee fathers is the elephant in the room that few have have the courage to discuss.