Dealing with the 72 Percent Unwed Mothers Rate

Seventy-two percent of Black babies born in 2008 were born to unwed mothers. Compare that to the 17 percent of Asians, 29 percent of Whites and 52 percent of Hispanics born to single moms in the same year. Journalist Jesse Washington highlighted this disparity in a recent article for the Washington Post, noting that statistics show that "children of unmarried mothers of any race are more likely to perform poorly in school, go to prison, use drugs, be poor as adults and have their own children out of wedlock." We've long been aware of the rate of single motherhood in the Black community, but we've only just begun to talk openly about it, Washington notes... Here's what you had to say: Lovesun commented via Facebook: "I don't think there's a one-glove-fits-all response." Erica wrote via Facebook: "While I do believe single parents do an excellent job, I think that being raised in a healthy two-parent home has far more rewards than single-parent homes."


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