Monday, January 2, 2017

First Nashville baby of the new year is again a baby born to an unwed mother

The Tennessean reports that the first baby born in Nashville in 2017 was an illegitimate child named Kinston Ashby, born to Mykyla Ashby.  The report does not specifically say the mother is an unwed mother and that the child is illegitimate but no mention is made of a father.  From the details of the story we can assume the mother is unmarried. Since no father is mentioned and the child takes the last name of the mother we may assume the mother does not know who the father is or chose to not make the father take responsibility for his offspring. Why she is having a child as an unwed mother and who the daddy is would seem to be relevant questions, but they are not asked. "Illegitimate birth," and "unwed mother" are terms no longer used in polite society shaped by liberal values and fathers are considered superfluous.

Children born out of wedlock is the leading cause of poverty in America and breakdown of the family is the cause of  crime and various other social ills, especially in the Black community.  According to U.S. Census Bureau out of about 12 million single parent families in 2015, more than 80% were headed by single mothers. Today 1 in 4 children under the age of 18 — a total of about 17.4 million — are being raised without a father and nearly half (45%) live below the poverty line.  In contrast, among children living with both parents, only 13% are counted as poor.

In 2015, out of more than 10 million low-income working families with children, 39% were headed by single working mothers or about 4.1 million. The proportion is much higher among African Americans (65%), compared with whites (36%).  Only one third of single mothers received any child support,and the average amount these mothers received was only about $430 a month.

The strongest predictor of whether a person will end up in prison is that he was raised by a single parent. Seventy percent  of inmates in state detention centers serving long-time sentences were raised by single (never married) mothers.

The birth of a baby to a single mother should not be a cause for celebration but sadness and shame and regret.   For source material follow this link  or simply do a search engine search. The statistics and analysis of the correlation between children born to single mothers and societal ills is readily available. 

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