|When Maury read the "Baby Daddy" study, he knew his show had material for years|
One in five of all American moms have kids who have different birth fathers, a new study shows. And when researchers look only at moms with two or more kids, that figure is even higher: 28 percent have kids with at least two different men.
“To put it in perspective, this is similar to the number of American adults with a college degree,” says the study’s author, Cassandra Dorius, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. “It’s pervasive.”
Forty-three percent of the women with kids with multiple dads were married when their first babies were born.
Dorius found that a multiple-father type of family structure was more common among minority women, with 59 percent of African-American mothers, 35 percent of Hispanic mothers and 22 percent of white mothers reporting children with more than one father.
Women with low income and little education were also more likely to have children with different birth fathers.
An important message that doesn’t appear to be getting through is just how hard it is to raise a child as a single parent.
"While these women tended to be poorer than others to begin with, their whole lifetimes continue to be disadvantaged," she said.
Women of all races bring home less income and own fewer assets, on average, than men of the same race, but for single black women the disparities are so overwhelmingly great that even in their prime working years their median wealth amounts to only $5.
In a groundbreaking report released Monday by a leading economic research group, social scientists turned a spotlight on the grave financial challenges facing an often overlooked group of women, many of whom could not take an unpaid sick day or repair a major appliance without going into debt.
"It's rather shocking," said Meizhu Lui, director of the Closing the Gap Initiative based in Oakland, Calif., who contributed to the report "Lifting as We Climb: Women of Color, Wealth and America's Future."
There is sure to be much discussion about the new University of Michigan study that shows an increase in the numbers of American women having children by multiple partners. Some African-American women who study and advocate for mothers are issuing cautious glances to the report out of the school's Institute for Social Research.
The study shows that 28 percent of American women with two or more children have done so by more than one man, and when it comes to African-American women, that figure jumps to 59 percent. Some believe the survey could become another way to attack women of color.
"There has been a lot of ink spilled on the love lives of black women, a lot of over-sensationalizing," said Avis Jones-DeWeever, executive director of the National Council of Negro Women. "I would call it the Sara Baartman-ization of black women."
Jones-DeWeever was referring to Sara Baartman, a tragic figure in history whose life seemed to exemplify public ridicule of women of African descent. Baartman was a young woman taken out of her native South Africa by a Scottish doctor and a showman, both of whom marveled at the ample size of her rear end. Baartman's captors brought her to London to display her semi-nude as a freak to the public. They called her the "Hottentot Venus".
Now, almost two centuries after Baartman's death, women of African descent are still battling stereotypes and ridicule, Jones-DeWeever said. She fears the University of Michigan study will help perpetuate that.
BusinessWeek ran a story this week that should serve as a reminder to the fragility of a slowly dying nation that no longer makes anything and where more Americans work for the government than in manufacturing, farming, fishing, forestry, mining and utilities combined.
The United States of America’s public pension plan is a vast Ponzi scheme, one unbelievably unfunded mandate that will eventually collapse. With high paying jobs disappearing from America quickly – and never to return – the question is simply this: what will the majority of the majority-minority population do in the future United States for employment?
An aging white population relying on an increasingly (uneducated) Black and Brown young population to pay for Medicare and Social Security? You really believe this is going to happen?
Those Who Can See can do nothing and the future United States is already guaranteed to be a repeat of some mixture of South Africa post-1994, Zimbabwe and Haiti.
Parts of the United States already resemble these de-Westernized countries.
One is left to wonder if in the not-too-distant future a white woman will be paraded around (like Sara Baartman) the collapsing infrastructure of a Detroit, a Shreveport or some other formerly major United States that has been abandoned to nature.
Studies that demonize Black women (like the Atlantic story that stated all Black women will be morbidly obese in thirty years) will soon be unfit for publication, not because of questionable scientific merit, but because they dare impugn the collapsing Black family on choices made by Black people.
That a vast majority of people who have children by more than one man are Black women and that they frequently appear on Maury Povich to determine the father is a problem somehow relatable to Sara Baartman. Right?
Editors note: We’ve been exceptionally busy; expect this week to be the most explosive week ever at SBPDL.