I have to work early tomorrow, so let’s look at stats today.
The statistics show in 2014 the single parent households by race were as follows:
Native America 53%
This directly correlates to the percentage of children born out of wedlock by race. Of these same races, the percentage living in poverty were:
Native American 35%
Then I looked at the percentages of each race (although I was not able to get the Native American & Mixed Race numbers) for graduating from high school. Nationwide, an average of 80% of all students graduate from high school. Broken down by race:
With African Americans making up 12% of the population, some claim that there is disparity due to the number of African Americans in prison. 34% of African American families are dual parent and 69% graduate from high school. Of the 66% single parent households, approximately 48.5% of these are below the poverty line. If you look at the statistics for crimes, African Americans are responsible for 52% of all murders and 56% of all robberies. Once you throw in all other crimes, it does drop African Americans down to 28% of all crimes; however that is still 1 and ½ times their percentage of population. In prison, non-Hispanic African Americans make up 30% of the prison population. The 28% crime rate and 30% prison population are compatible and correlate to each other.
83% of Asian American families are dual parent and 86% graduate from high school. Of the 17% single parent households, approximately 71% of these are below the poverty line. As far as criminal activity, Asians are in that one percent of Americans incarcerated that are not European American, African American, or Hispanic American.
58% of Hispanic American families are dual parent and 71% graduate from high school. Of the 42% single parent households, approximately 76% of these are below the poverty line. In the area of crime, Hispanics Americans are responsible for about 1% of violent crimes and 37% percent of non-violent crimes.
75% of European American households are dual parent and 85% graduate from high school. Of the 25% of single parent households, approximately 48% of these are below the poverty line. In the area of crime, European Americans make up 68% of the population, commit 42% of murders and 69% of all violent crime.
So what does it mean to me? It means families with both parents in the household and ensuring their children graduate from high school are the one’s with lower poverty and incarceration.