Saturday, January 26, 2019

Correcting Heather Mac Donald's Misrepresentation of the Relationship between Black Illegitimacy and Black Crime

By An Old Friend
Sat, Jan 26, 2019 3:51 p.m.

On black crime, from a review of Heather Mac Donald's 2016 book _The War on Cops_

The other issue concerns the causes of high levels of African American crime. Mac Donald contends that we need to address "the real cause of black violence: the breakdown of the family." Boys need fathers to raise them, she says, but over 72 percent of black kids are born to single mothers, three times the illegitimacy rate when Daniel Patrick Moynihan wrote presciently on this issue in 1965.

There is no question that the collapse of the two-parent black family in the 1960s correlated with a massive rise in African American crime. But black crime was high since the 1890s, when over 70 percent of black kids were living with two parents – which was the case through the 1950s. Moreover, black homicide rates fell by 50 percent from 1980 to 2009, while the proportion of births to unmarried black women rose from 57 percent (1979) to 73 percent.

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