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I'm just providing the numbers. No claim about the cause can be made. Shapiro is claiming an increase from a low rate (by today's standards) in the early sixties up to a high rate today, while MLK states pre-sixties that it was already high compared to whites. I'd say both are correct. The trends for one vs two parent families has been basically the same ...


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I'm looking for a brief historical analysis on the "illegitimacy rates" in the black community Tldr; The rate for non-whites was ~21% in 1960 and 72% for blacks in 1998. The figures and references are below. Did the single motherhood rate jump to 70% since the 1960s? It has risen beyond 70% according to the CDC. This data was published by the CDC ...


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Just to complement @Schwern's excellent answer, and similarly not attempting make any claims about cause, I note that Shapiro is talking about single parents (which @Schwern's answer addresses), whereas King is talking about "illegitimacy", that is, births to parents who are unmarried (although may still live in a 2 parent household). The following ...


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Something notably absent from other answers (so far) has been data on the ratio of cohabiting parents. This Pew Research article using 2017 data (not long after Shapiro's comments) shows a total single-parent rate for Black families of 51%, with 43% having two parents (36% married and 7% cohabiting). The highest accurate representation of children living ...


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