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. A few months 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.

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

  1. Excuses and scapegoating is all the “legacy of slavery” argument is, unless the person in question was a slave himself. This post simply underscores that.

    I recently lost or should I say dumped a friend who was bound and determined I was privileged because of my skin tone (she wasn’t black herself). What she completely ignored, which she knew about me, was my background being raised in a toxic alcoholic home with no father and no adult guidance. I only made it to where I am today after some extended family helped me, but I was already an adult by then. My formative years still were hell and still left me scarred to this day. But she was just bound and determined race meant privilege, never mind a loving and supportive family background or wealth, which are far more determinant of advantage than race.

    That said, I don’t begrudge someone a healthy family.

    In the end, our time on earth is meant to determine where we spend eternity. Everything else is meaningless in the long run.

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  2. This issue could be expanded to include poverty, crime, and educational outcomes.

    I think the greatest rebuke to the idea of racism (and past slavery) as the root cause is found in the statistical data from past decades, as you bring up. If this thesis were true, then you should expect to see these problems in direct proportion to the temporal distance from slavery or the amount of actual racism in the culture. But as black authors like Thomas Sowell have documented, in the first half of the last century, when there was tangible, legalized racism, outcomes for blacks were superior in many areas to what they are today. How is it that making racism prosecutable, heaping cultural shame on racists, giving government assistance to the disadvantaged, and affirmative action somehow yields more ill-effects for black households and communities than a past having none of these things? Sure, there is still latent racism, but that is as nothing compared to the manifest, public, legal racism of the past.

    Additional questions can be asked about other groups who suffered oppression and racism in this country, for instance, the Chinese, Irish, and Italians. These were not the focus of attention of those seeking social justice and anti-discrimination laws, and yet they managed to prosper in the culture nonetheless. Indeed, Asians tend to do better in almost all metrics than whites, yet no one appeals to discrimination toward whites to explain this. For all other races and cultural groups we seem free to examine the factors unique to that group in order to evaluate causes and effects. Why are we constrained only to appeal to racism for answers within the black culture? Are they really such a one-dimensional race?

    I think the root causes are varied, and some apply to other races as well, who also have been seeing cultural declines. However, they have been amplified in the black community for other reasons. One of those reasons is that, to use Thomas Sowell’s characterization, they have become “mascots for the anointed.” (https://www.amazon.com/Vision-Anointed-Self-Congratulation-Social-Policy/dp/046508995X)
    Once secular progressives flipped the tables on their support of racist policies, they became the champions of this racial group. They went beyond merely leveling the playing field, as the Republicans desired, into attempts to favor them in various ways. One of those ways was to perpetually remind them of their racial grievances, assure them of their sympathies, insist that others were still out to get them, and insulate them from any form of criticism. Examples of this legacy are that even the most vulgar and immoral artistic expressions are above reproach, reverse racism is not even a logical possibility, and any black commentators who raise concerns about their own cultural issues are written off as traitors.

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    1. Sorry for writing such a mean post.

      Christians ought to be the people who are good at setting moral boundaries, without being mean and judgmental about it. We should be experts at that – telling people the truth, but also coming alongside them and helping them to do better by making better decisions.

      Look at this:

      “Progress means getting nearer to the place you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turn, then to go forward does not get you any nearer.
      If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man.”

      ― C.S. Lewis

      If minorities who are underperforming were serious about getting better outcomes in those areas you mentioned, poverty, crime and education, then they should by all means go back in time to where things were working better for them, and make a right turn. They can learn a lot from the Asians who marry at high rates, and stay married. That works. We should always tell people to do what works. That causes them to feel better since they are doing something, and it causes them to do better, too. Blaming mistakes on others doesn’t help people to know how to make better choices.

      I would like to see a day when blacks have a higher marriage rate than white progressives, and can lecture them about what they should be doing. It begins by understanding that the motivation of white progressives is NOT to help blacks. The motivation of white progressives is to show themselves as kind and wise so they will be liked. Anyone can see that progressive policies in force in Democrat-dominated cities and states are NOT WORKING for blacks.

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  3. This is one battle James fights that is worth it. However, he never calls out false teachers (he openly endorses several men that would have to be put to death under OT laws re false prophecies).

    Ironically, James white is an elder at a hipster church that promotes licentiousness/tatts. He’s part of the new Calvinist movement.

    I wrote about this on my blog. Just search it for big Calvinism.

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      1. Hey, even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

        And according to “Karen Swallow Prior’s” logic above (because I’m 3/4 Norwegian), I guess that means I get to go up and down the coasts burning, pillaging, raping, and killing, seeing as how my Viking ancestors are making me do it, right?

        All I need now is a longboat….

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