• S. Walter

    Neither this article nor the 34-page report underlying it mentions “father” “married/marriage” “single mother” — instead the statistics are simply broken down by race, as if it explains everything. That would seem to be an analysis so inadequate as to be dishonest, because children of all races who live with two married parents no doubt fare far better than children of all races who do not. This article mentions the ratio of blacks as a % of the population compared to their % of referrals to law enforcement. I’ll pay $100 to anyone who can show me that that ratio is more disproportionate than the ratio of children NOT living with two married parents compared to that population’s % of legal referrals. Inequality, like charity, begins at home.

    • howard miller

      Of course black families are disproportionately headed by single mothers. This is easily verified using census data. But then you must ask, “where are the men?” Are the men in the corrections system? Are they represented there disproportionately? How many minority (because blacks are hardly alone when it comes to being targeted) families have been severed by protective services? How many minority children have been placed in foster families? How many minority children have been diagnosed in their schools as emotionally/behaviorally disordered, learning disabled, etc.? When you add up all of the disproportionate representation in the answers to these questions, you’ll find that inequality more likely begins not in the home but in social services, the educational system and yea, even corrections and the justice system.