Losing Ground: Single parenthood bigger indicator of poverty than race
News Network journalists analyzed six decades of reports from the U.S. Census Bureau to track the state's poverty rates, family income, high school and college graduation rates and home ownership.
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#1 Jan 21, 2013
In 2010, about one in every 10 black men were incarcerated in Colorado state prisons compared to one out of every 50 Latino males and one of every 350 white males, according to an I-News analysis of government figures.
The state's black and Latino incarceration rates are higher than the national averages, where disparities also exist, according to an analysis of Bureau of Justice reports. Nationally, one of every 11 black males and one of every 83 Latino males was behind bars in 2010. Colorado's rate for white males was equivalent to the national figure, one in 350.
"The combination of the war on crack and mandatory sentencing saw a huge sweep of black males into prison and further degeneration of the black family," said Theo Wilson, a district director for BarberShop Talk, a mentorship organization for men.
The Rev. Leon Kelly, who has worked with thousands of Denver's at-risk inner city kids, believes intergenerational abandonment lies at the heart of the single-parenthood phenomenon.
"When you have some of these heads of household that are women, sometimes they feel like,'This is the norm. This is what I was raised with,'" Kelly said. "They're so used to people coming in and out of their life. With their kids, their babies, it's something that nobody can take away. Their kids are going to be there."
Kelly said 85 percent of the youths he counsels live in female-headed households.
"A lot of them never had men on a consistent basis in the home to show them what they should be doing as far as being the head of the household," Kelly said. "A lot of them join gangs because at least they're able to find a sense of identity, a sense of acceptance. Now he's not just a fatherless child."
This renders most of the boys as failures with no guidance or direction.
#2 Jan 21, 2013
SAD BUT TRUE
Hmmmmn...... sadistic personality disorder
#3 Jan 21, 2013
The FACTS hurt and none of you Black men will do a damn thing! Well not true you chase after Poor White women!
#4 Jan 21, 2013
SAD BUT TRUE = sadistic personality disorder
#5 Jan 21, 2013
MACEO PATTERSON, RESTON, VA
SOCIOPATH RECLUSIVE PERSONALTY DISORDER!
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