The Black Family

The New York Times is reporting an increase in 2 parent black families in a recent article:

“The number of black children being raised by two parents appears to be edging higher than at any time in a generation, at nearly 40 percent, according to newly released census data.”

A little over a year ago however, the New York Times was lamenting that 51% percent of women in America were now living without a spouse, which might be true, but I call to your attention the following paragraph:

“In addition, marriage rates among black women remain low. Only about 30 percent of black women are living with a spouse, according to the Census Bureau, compared with about 49 percent of Hispanic women, 55 percent of non-Hispanic white women and more than 60 percent of Asian women.”

These numbers represent a redefinition of family: the census does not hold marriage as the be all and end all, the statistics include 2 parents who live together without being married.

“‘It’s a positive change,’ said Prof. Robert J. Sampson, the chairman of Harvard’s sociology department. ‘It’s been hidden.’

The 2007 figure, itself, was more or less hidden among the nearly 1,400 tables in the 2009 Statistical Abstract of the United States, a portrait-by-numbers of the nation released Tuesday by the Census Bureau.”

The first scene of the movie “Something New” includes a Valentine’s day dinner scene, where the 4 black professional women become slightly depressed over the marriage statistics. It’s enough to make you throw your hands up in despair. But these conflicting stories prove the very point that I have been trying to make to all of my successful friends, be they male or female: don’t pay attention to statistics which can be skewed to support any and every point of view! In the words of the immortal T.I. & Rihanna, “Live your life”! The New York Times will catch up eventually.

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~ by Reveye on December 17, 2008.

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