One seemingly taboo subject is a frank talk about “counterproductive attitudes toward marriage and solo parenting in low-income black communities,” argues Jason L. Riley in the WSJ.
It would require discussing antisocial behavior and personal responsibility. The Democratic left has fashioned a politics around avoiding those subjects and accusing anyone who broaches them of racism. No issue has a bigger impact on America’s black population than legal abortion, but we’re not supposed to talk about that.
You’d think that the activists and media elites who are otherwise obsessed with equity—and who have spent the better part of a decade lecturing the country about the value of black lives—might take more interest in the Roe decision’s contribution to racial inequality.
The black poverty rate has been roughly a third higher than the white rate for close to 30 years. Among married blacks, however, poverty has been in the single digits over the same period. In some years, the poverty rate for black married couples has been below the rate of not only blacks as a whole but also whites as a whole.
If activists believe that higher black incomes will result in fewer black abortions, why not focus on how to increase black marriage rates?
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