Does the “legacy of slavery” explain black women’s 72% out-of-wedlock birth rate?

James White asks: does the Bible apply to black women?
James White asks: does the Bible apply to black women?

I don’t like Calvinist theologian James White at all, but at least he’s willing to defend the moral teachings of the Bible against the woke identity politics that is taking over Christian churches. About a week ago, he tweeted something very controversial (see above), and got into a lot of hot water with fake Christians. In this post, I’ll explain why he is right.

So, as you can see above, James is concerned that black women are having so many abortions, and he thinks that the solution to this is to encourage black women to take the Bible’s advice on sexual morality. Shocking, I know.

If you read the replies to his tweet on Twitter, you’ll see millions and millions of comments calling him a racist, and telling him that slavery is to blame for EVERYTHING that black women do wrong. Basically, the James haters say that black women can do anything they want, and should never be told that it’s wrong according to the Bible, because their bad choices are all the fault of slavery. So the Bible doesn’t even apply to them, or something.

Here is an example from a radical feminist progressive named Karen Swallow Prior:

Karen Swallow Prior says that black people have no moral agency
Karen Swallow Prior says that unlike whites, blacks have no moral agency

According to the fake Christians, it’s not that black women make poor choices with sex, it’s that the ghosts of white slavers who raped their great-great-great grandmothers reach through time with magic and force them to have sex with hunky bad boys who won’t commit to them before sex. It’s not rap music calling black women hoes! It’s the ghosts of slavery past. And even if this ghost theory isn’t true, we shouldn’t tell black women not to sin, because… it would hurt their feelings. After all, the Bible isn’t a book that’s designed to set boundaries to prevent self-destructive behaviors. It encourages us to listen to our hearts, be reckless, and sin as much as we can.

So when did black community problems with sex and abortion start? Did it start with slavery times? Actually, blacks were doing GREAT at marriage and sexual matters just 50 years ago.

This reply to James White explained:

Blacks married at rates comparable to whites before welfare
Blacks married at rates comparable to whites before welfare

That’s true. Black children weren’t fatherless, so they weren’t having early sex outside of marriage, and so they weren’t getting abortions.

Children born to blacks were just as likely to be born in a married home as children born to whites, up until the 1960s:

Black women were more likely to be married before welfare programs
Black women were more likely to be married before single mother welfare programs

(Source)

The reason that the graph is going upward is because daughters raised in fatherless homes tend to engage in sexual activity at younger ages, because they are seeking approval from a man which their (single) mother cannot give them. It’s a tragic downwards spiral, and it affects all races. The only way to stop it is to tell women to choose marriage-minded men (not hot bad boys) and marry before having sex, like the Bible says. But woke fake Christians think the Bible is too mean, and better to allow sin by saying that sin is inevitable because slavery ghosts or something.

What’s neat is that black men who take Christianity seriously are totally on board with the facts:

Black man here. Can confirm that the Bible applies to black women.
Black man here. Can confirm that the Bible applies to black women.

On this blog, I don’t talk about my ethnicity myself, for confidentiality reasons, but I have said that my skin is darker than Barack Obama. I’m not white or Asian. And the reason that I don’t fall into this trap of causing babies to be born out of wedlock is because I think that when the Bible says that sex outside of marriage is a sin, that this is true. I don’t make excuses or shift blame. It’s incumbent on me to obey, since I claim to be a follower of Jesus.I’m not interested in identity politics. I’m not interested in racial divisions. I’m not interested in blame-shifting. The rules are the rules. And my following of the rules caused me to not cause abortions, according to Christian specifications. Period.

When it comes to sex outside of marriage, the answer of every Bible believing Christian is simple: I’m against it. That is the correct answer, and anything more or less than this answer is demonic. If you are a Christian, sex outside of marriage is always morally wrong. And if you try to justify it, or blame someone else, in order to excuse it, then you’re not a Christian at all. If you try to make excuses for why someone did it, you’re not a Christian. Whether you have had it and been forgiven, or never had it, the answer is always the same: it’s morally wrong. Don’t do it. Never do it.

What I am seeing from people who are critical of James White’s tweet is that they are basically trying to attack those who make moral judgments based on what the Bible says. They want to make room for sinners to sin. The root of abortion sin is sexual sin. Real  Christians discourage sexual sin, and therefore protect unborn children. Fake Christians want to be liked by appearing compassionate, so they make excuses for sexual sin. If you take the Bible seriously on morality, you won’t be liked. Those who try to excuse sin do so because their need to be liked is more important than their need to promote what the Bible teaches.

Some fake Christians will say “oh, but I do think the Bible is right about sex and marriage, but we have to care about slavery reparations and global warming and refugees and illegal immigrants and trasnsgender rights, too”. Baloney. An authentic Christian is concerned about the things that the Bible teaches are “major” things. Drunkenness is a major thing. Sexual immorality is a major thing. Divorce is a major thing. Homosexuality is a major thing. If you meet a Christian who treats those issues as minor issues, and instead majors in what the secular left tells them are major issues, then you’re talking to a fake Christian.

Christianity isn’t a brain-dead faith. You get your priorities from the Bible, and you argue those priorities using facts. The facts about marriage rates are clear and they show that the problems in the black community aren’t caused by slavery. They’re caused by single mother welfare programs. Those welfare programs taught women of all races that they didn’t have to listen to their fathers when choosing men. Those welfare programs taught women that feelings were a better guide in relationships than the Bible. Those welfare programs taught women that their eyes were a better judge of character than performance of traditional marriage roles. Those welfare programs taught women that recreational sex was a way to get a man to commit and stop being a bad boy. We need to go back to the root cause of the problem. The root cause of the problem was making excuses for disobedience to the Bible, and transferring money from married homes to out-of-control women. Of all races.

18 thoughts on “Does the “legacy of slavery” explain black women’s 72% out-of-wedlock birth rate?”

  1. No. This isn’t a “legacy of slavery” issue. It’s a simple matter of sin, rebellion, and in no small part due to cultural conditioning and repeating of generational patterns.

    It is a deeply saddening truth that while most black churches (and I’ve spent my whole life in them) do a very good job of teaching the reality that in this life we will endure suffering and that we are to hold to a godly standard in the midst of suffering, there are precious few preachers willing to hit the issue of fornication and out of wedlock birth rates head on.

    Why? Because to do would be to insult a significant percentage of the membership, not to mention the mothers and some of the grandmothers of those church members.

    Also, the black church as a political and social center rather than “simply” a place of prayer and discipleship was normalized during the civil rights era. The conflation of these aims often undercuts the ability to preach in ways that are targeted towards the particular sins holding the community in bondage. It leads to a sort of watering down of the effects of sin in ways that allow people to understand their sin, but not feel especially bad about it because “grace” and “everybody’s got something”. Of course, both of these things are true but held apart from true repentance and change, they don’t generate the kind of power that can transform a community.

    I’m going to add a final thought that will certainly be less popular here, but it’s true and needs to be said. I don’t have time to find links but they shouldn’t be hard to uncover in a few clicks.

    Black females are far more likely to have experienced childhood sexual abuse than other races of women. The results of this should be somewhat obvious, but among them is that the idea of preserving purity, or sex as something sacred, is destroyed at a very young age. When a girl or a woman is raised without an involved and present father, and her earliest understandings about what men want and expect are almost totally sexual, this is how she relates to men, and how she believes she is to extract love from a man, something almost all women want to experience.

    Given that the OOW birthrate was higher among whites than blacks in the first quarter century following emancipation, I cannot be convinced that any of these unfortunate realities are related to slavery. It is more likely related to the mass movement towards legitimizing and incentivizing sexual promiscuity and the subsidizing the results of it via the misguided war on poverty.

    Which is why the black church needs to go apolitical, cut the cord which connects it to liberal political ideology and be on about the Gospel for the sake of what is left of the black family, and to bring glory to Christ.

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    1. My problem with James White is if you attempt to do apologetics in any other way than the presuppositional approach you are essentially anathema. He has a MASSIVE problem with William Lane Craig’s approach to apologetics (which is used here on this blog) In my own experience, the presuppositional approach only works with iterative skeptics (the worst kind in my opinion in terms of closemindedness to the evidence for Christianity).
      That said I have watched many of his debates and he does a good job as a debater especially with issues surrounding the reliability of the Bible and the “solas” of the reformation. If you don’t think John Calvin was the second coming his opinion of you drops dramatically.

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        1. This is a really good article. Thomas Sowell has long pointed out that Black families were mostly intact during the Jim Crow era.

          BTW, I have seen presup “work” in the sense of planting seeds in situations where there is not often enough time for a full evidential approach – like on the sidewalks. I think it can be useful there, and I didn’t for a long time until I met a guy who used it for the moral argument.

          And a lot of baby saves are essentially “presup” on the fact that abortion is wrong too. I’m a lot more open to it in certain time-critical situations than I used to be, like where debate halls are not available, LOL. But, you are correct that I tend to use it with the harder cases, like “You pro-lifers are evil, and morality is subjective.”

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  2. Only those that embrace being a victim or in select groups can shift blame if they have a correct skin tone.

    Irish and Scottish because they are white can’t blame woes on British oppression.

    It would be hard to find any people group that has not been oppressed historically. But because we are nice people that want to help we are easily made to feel bad for things we never did.

    Even the percentage of us population during slavery eras was not a majority. It was a small group of elites and their political friends that caused the system to exist. The average person in no way benefited by slavery and in fact could be argued to have lost jobs because rich plantation farmers would have been forced to pay average workers to do the job rather than undercutting the economy with slaves.

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  3. Hey, WK, is there any real Christianity left? All I see is Christianity of convenience, not cross bearing Christianity!!!!

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    1. I think every real Christian should have an experience where they want to do something or have something wrong, and they choose not to do it, in order to respect the Lord’s sacrifice. But that seems to be gone. Now, it seems like Christianity is all about feeling good and following your heart! Crazy.

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      1. I hadn’t looked at it this way till it was pointed out in some things I saw. But the new age / eastern thought is deep into the church.

        People are their own little gods, guided by what feels good to them. Pick bits of God you like and make it suit your Ur worldview as convenient.

        Many Christians only use more Christian terms and kisses ceremony but their belief is the same as new age pagan beliefs

        Submitting to God’s will is a dying concept

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  4. God’s Word works for anyone and everyone. There are consequences for sin, some of them long-lasting. I’ve never even considered that slavery could be to blame for these behaviors today, so I was interested in reading this!

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  5. Amazing how welfare accomplished in 50 years what 400 years of slavery couldn’t: the near-destruction of the Black family.
    And people say big government isn’t efficient.

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