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Old 10-25-2000, 10:35 AM
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Originally posted by pldennison
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Originally posted by Opus1
Most likely the higher rates of out-of-wedlock births and deadbeat fathers which makes half-siblings and matrilineal lineages more common than among whites.
Do you have any citations that this is in fact the case?
From the first hit of a google search for 'unwed births racial':
From Children's Advocacy Institute's CALIFORNIA CHILDREN'S BUDGET 2000-01:
Code:
                   All Women      White    African-American   Hispanic
       1970-74       18.0%        11.1%         59.0%           29.6%
       1980-84       29.6%        21.3%         71.2%           36.7%
       1990-94       40.5%        32.4%         79.9%           40.2%

               Table 2-D. U.S. Premarital First Birth Rates53
and the reference for this table is given as:
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49 . U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Trends in Premarital Childbearing 1930 to 1994 (Current
Population Reports P23-197, Washington, D.C.; October 1999) Table 1, column 3, at 2 (hereinafter "Premarital
Trends, 1930 to 1994
").
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53 . [i]Premarital Trends, 1930 to 1994, supra note 49[/sup], Table 1 at 2.
In addition:
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The national data presented above generally applies to California, with major adjustments consisting of
a larger Hispanic and immigrant population (discussed below), and a harsher impact from California's
higher rent and other living costs, discussed above. Recently gathered unwed birth rates for California
indicate the extent and gravity of this critical cause of extreme child poverty:
Code:
                                       1996                 1997
                                 U.S.    California  U.S.   California
      All Races                   32.4      31.4     32.4      32.8
      White (non-Hispanic)        21.5      22.6     21.5      21.6
      African American            69.8      60.5     69.1      62.3
      Hispanic                    40.7      37.6     40.9      40.5

                 TABLE 2-E. Unwed Birth Rates: 1996-199760
The reference is given as
Quote:
58 . See Stephanie Ventura, Robert Anderson, Joyce Martin, Betty Smith, Births and Deaths: Preliminary Data for
1997
, National Vital Statistics Reports, Volume 47, No. 4, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National
Center for Health Statistics, October 7, 1998, Table 6 at 15 (hereinafter "Births and Deaths: 1997").
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60 . Births and Deaths: 1997, supra note 58, Table 6 at 15.
I did not see any reason why there is a racial disparity, I'd suspect that poverty being unevenly distributed has something to do with it.