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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 203 of my colleague Walter E. Williams’s 2015 book, American Contempt for Liberty, which is a collection of many of Walter’s recent columns and essays; this quotation specifically is from Walter’s August 27, 2014, syndicated column, “Blacks Must Confront Reality“ (link added):

In 1950, female-headed households were 18 percent of the black population.  Today it’s close to 70 percent.  One study of 19th-century slave families found that in up to three-fourths of the families, all the children lived with the biological mother and father.  In 1925 New York City, 85 percent of black households were two-parent households. Herbert Gutman, author of “The Black Family in Slavery and Freedom, 1750-1925,” reports, “Five in six children under the age of six lived with both parents.”  Also, both during slavery and as late as 1920, a teenage girl raising a child without a man present was rare among blacks.

A study of 1880 family structure in Philadelphia found that three-quarters of black families were nuclear families (composed of two parents and children).  What is significant, given today’s arguments that slavery and discrimination decimated the black family structure, is the fact that years ago, there were only slight differences in family structure among racial groups.