The Breakdown of the Black Family

“…Children suffer when their parents go to prison, he writes. Yet he says nothing about the suffering of black children growing up in chaotic families, though that suffering is itself highly correlated with the scourge of ghetto crime and incarceration. Seventy-two percent of black children are born to unmarried mothers. The majority of those children will see contact with their fathers “drop sharply;” within a few years; about a third of dads will basically just disappear. Children don’t take well to the succession of partners, step- and half-siblings that follow their parents’ breakup. Studies, not just a few, but a slew of them, connect “multi-partner fertility” and father absence to behavior problems, aggression, and later criminality among boys even when controlling for race and income. Doesn’t that suggest black-family disruption could have some bearing on crime and incarceration rates?”

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Ahhh Ta-Nehisi Coates again.
    The destruction of “the black family” is solely the doings of members of the black families.
    They are a demographic that thrives in an environment of greater social control.

    It’s not that there are too many black men in prison, but that there are TOO FEW black men in prison for long enough, or soon enough, to prevent their reproduction.

  • Everyone Else

    Coates just won a MacArthur Genius Grant, $625,000 to flay the white man.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      I wonder what we will taste like?

      • andycanuck


  • ed

    in the uk 82% of black children live in one parent households , 85% of black females live on welfare , 72% of black males are on the police DNA register after being arrested for a criminal offence , so no change there then !

    • Ron MacDonald

      And they wonder why the police card them.

  • Ed

    This from the Atlantic??? Could a wave of liberal introspection be upon us?

    • andycanuck

      I didn’t read it but I’m wondering if their solution involves more government intervention?

  • BobSykes

    There is no breakdown. Single women raising children from multiple fathers is the African norm. It is a response to the fact that the climate of Africa permits low effort scratch farming with nearly continuous cropping, so a single woman can feed herself and her children. The conditions in the US up until the Great Society and the heavy effort farming required in our climate with only annual crops imposed a Eurasian style family on Blacks. The Great Society allowed Blacks to revert to norm.

    Black male incarceration rates reflect the elevated levels of violence and impulsiveness Blacks naturally have. Those characteristics have to be suppressed in a modern socieity.

    It might be noted that the great majority of gun crime, violent crime in general and inter-racial hate crime is committed by fewer than two million young Black males. Without them, our crime statistics would look like Germany’s. The recent junior college shootings were committed by a young Black male.

    • Brett_McS

      Hard to argue with that. Although all people respond to some degree to the incentive of easy pickings off the welfare tree. How much is genetic and how much is cultural may be revealed when the Ponzi scheme that is the modern welfare state comes to its inevitable end.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Fair enough. Stop all law enforcement among black people.