Black women were more likely to be married before welfare programs

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 very much, 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.

As the header graphic shows, black women were just as likely to be married as white women in the 1960s,  FAR AFTER the days of slavery.

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.

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

  1. Facts of history: Black women have higher rates of out-of-wedlock births, higher rates of abortion, and higher rates of STDs. So they are obviously having much greater amounts of fornication. And, as you noted, they can’t blame slavery. They are personally responsible, but if they want to blame someone, blame the Democrats who subsidize fatherless households.

    If the Left understood basic economics – and they don’t — they’d realize that the more you subsidize something, the more you get of it.

    “Christian” Leftists like Karen Swallow Prior just make things up to fit their narrative and they ignore history. If anyone is responsible besides the black women themselves, it is people like her.

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  2. How long were the Israelites slaves in Egypt? I don’t recall them needing Planned Parenthood clinics in the promised land (or the wilderness, for that matter).

    Be sure to ask your representatives which trimester they needed the most environmental protection and tell them that black lives matter from the moment of their conception.

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  3. Blacks don’t get to blame slavery anymore for their problems.

    I’ll go further and say they don’t get to blame racism for their problems either.

    No one has made a black sit at the back of the bus or use segregated by law facilities or institutions for 50 years now. Lynchings, racial slurs like the N-word being tossed out, and other blatant discriminatory conduct are a thing of the past.

    No one is raping black women or tearing them from their husbands (assuming they even HAVE husbands, which 3 out of 4 black women currently do not).

    The only people who are ripping black men from their families are black women.

    I’m gonna say that again.

    The only people who are keeping black men away from their children and families are BLACK WOMEN.

    It’s not white people’s fault that black women are marrying at a rate of 26%.

    It’s not white people’s fault that black women get knocked up out of wedlock.

    It’s not white people’s fault that black women kick the men who impregnated them out of their lives.

    It’s not white people’s fault that black women choose thugs, unemployed men, irresponsible men, d-bags, scumbags, and criminals to impregnate them.

    It’s not white people’s fault that black women don’t demand marriage before sex.

    It’s not white people’s fault that black women would rather be single mothers than wives to the men they have sex with.

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      1. It’s not white people’s fault that black women won’t respect good men.

        It’s not white people’s fault that black women won’t respect good black men.


    1. It’s not white people’s fault that black women are marrying at a rate of 26%

      No, it’s not whote people’s fault that black women marry at such low rates, but that’s a separate and more complicated issue than the issue of out of wedlock birthrates. Particularly for those black women who do not have abortions nor out of wedlock children.

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      1. What are the causes of black women marrying at such low rates?

        From my perspective as a white man, on the outside looking in:

        –the obesity epidemic among black women

        –the “ratchet” reputation black women have – disagreeable, argumentative, combative, confrontational, hyperaggressive, angry, loud, boisterous, competitive, disorganized, hyperemotional, unfeminine, masculine-LARPing, uncooperative

        –Black women’s need to compete with and attempt to defeat men, especially black men

        –Black women denigrating black men (“black men ain’t sh*t; it’s all black men’s fault, black men date out too much and refuse black women”)

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          1. I actually shared that post from the Roommates guys with several people, after my own daughter shared it with me. I agree with him 100%, but it doesn’t change the fact that the evolution of the sexual wasteland that is the black community is not a simple matter of all the women are whores. Because all of the women are not whores, any more than all the men are gallant and upstanding.

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          2. I’m gallant and upstanding!

            I think that policies have a huge effect on some of these bad decisions. I’m encouraged by people like Voddie Baucham though. The Bible can help anyone to do better than what the culture is telling them to do.


        1. Your arguments have some validity, deti. But as you yourself note, you’re on the outside looking in. And what you do hear, you hear almost solely from the perspective of black men.

          This is, as I said, multi-layered and more complex. More than I care to get into on Wintery’s post. It’s off topic.

          I’ll just leave it at saying that Wintery (via James White) is correct. The disturbing abortion levels among black women are a result of their own sin, and not the legacy of slavery. The marriage issue is less simplistic.

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  4. If we’re going to point the finger why not start at the beginning…

    The Slave Masters were the Black Africans who captured the Black Men Women & Children from the Jungle then put them in chains

    Contacted England by Letter to send a ship to Africa to pick up the Slaves

    …oh & about those “hot bad boys” don’t blame them one just has to trend cautiously


  5. Modern Western churches have replaced obedience to God as the fruit of being a christian with “do you offend women”. Yes you keep His word, buuuuuuut….are you a husband who demands obedience and submission from your wife? Do you check with her before making every decision to ensure she is on board? Do you submit to her when you’re supposed to, but lead when she doesn’t want to? Do you think women shouldn’t be holding positions of leadership in the church? THESE questions and YOUR answers determine if you are REALLY following God’s will. Only through the compass of women’s feelings, which are attuned to God’s will so much more than a mans ever could be, will you be able to discern if you are REALLY one of God’s children.

    Garbage. Absolute garbage.

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    1. I was watching a video recently where it was talking about how young, unmarried women today want men to lead in planning entertaining activities for her, and paying for them. But no leading in terms of improving her to be able to take on the roles of wife and mother. She wants you to plan vacations, but not stop her from watching 50 Shades of Grey pr0n, of stopping her wasteful spending.

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