Hobbled by Acceptance of Fornication, Illegitimacy, and Choice Mommyhood
One reason for this stagnation is self-inflicted--widespread rejection of marriage in the black community. In 1960, 24% of black babies were born out of wedlock. However terrible an indicator of social decay this one-quarter number was in 1960, in 2013 that figure had skyrocketed to a staggering 72%. This climb has nothing to do with the dearth of employment for black men, as liberals are wont to suggest. Nor can illegitimacy be attributable to a legacy of slavery, as author Herbert Gutman found in his 1977 book The Black Family in Slavery and Freedom, 1750-1925 "five in six [black] children under the age of six lived with both parents". And while liberals are quick to discredit Charles Murray's claim that welfare led to the decay in the black legitimacy rate, they also admit that it wasn't due to economic factors such as a lack of available jobs for black men. No, this article from the liberalist Brookings Institution claims that illegitimacy was instead the result of the advent of contraception and legalization of abortion--the "technology shock" theory--coupled with changes in social mores that removed the stigma of single motherhood--"no more shotgun weddings"--to become the main drivers of the (black, white, and Hispanic) illegitimacy rate .
Limited by Marxist Thought
Another reason for the seeming lack of appreciable improvement in the socio-economic condition of the black community is ideology. Among other things, Marxism features a binary system of class oppression in which a victim class is depredated upon by an Other. For decades in America, the "white establishment" and "white privilege", and "racism" served well as a too-convenient boogeyman, upon whose shoulders was placed blame for the ills of an entire population. Indeed, why "play by the rules" when the rules were written by a "class oppressor" dominant group, especially when this group could be effectively convinced that their collective guilt could be extirpated through transferring the wealth of its less-powerful contitutents to various "oppressed" classes? Pretty good racket, if one could keep it going forever. So effective was this technique at delivering power, privilege and resources that it spawned all manner of copycats eager for their slice of the victimhood pie. Thus I suppose it comes as a surprise by some that the entry of another, more numerous, more favored demographic threatens to depose the black community as the recipient of automatic "guilt legitimacy". Some are sensing a change in the wind, and sense in this breeze the loss of relative political power to another group (ht: Moonbattery).
The first video is from 2012:
This second video from about a month prior to the Ferguson riots:
The Cold Demographic Equations
While it's always dangerous to extrapolate forward into the future based on trends today, the math here is pretty simple...blacks are not the demographic into which a sane political party would stake its future. The data:
x Blacks lead all other racial / ethnic groups when it comes to murdering their unborn, responsible for obtaining 37% of abortions when they comprise a mere 13% of the population. This is far above that of whites (34%/62%) and even so-called "family values" Hispanics (22%/17%). In fact, a black woman is 500% more likely to abort her child than a white woman. From the data collection arm of the infanticide industry, the Guttmacher Institute:
Non-Hispanic black and Hispanic women have higher rates of abortion (40 and 29 per 1,000 women aged 15–44, respectively) than non-Hispanic white women do (12 per 1,000). The higher rates reflect the fact that black and Hispanic women have high unintended pregnancy rates (91 and 82 per 1,000 women, respectively), compared with non-Hispanic white women (36 per 1,000 women)x The fertility rate for blacks is 2.1, compared to Hispanics (2.4), whites (1.8), and Asians (also 1.8). The future belongs to those who show up for it--and while blacks are "showing up for it" in numbers equal to their share of the population today, thus far the most fecund demographic group is Hispanics
share of the American population that is white, black, Hispanic, and Asian is projected to be 47%, 13%, 29%, and 9%, respectively, from 63%, 17%, 12%, and 5%. Again, Hispanics are the largest-growing group.
x In 2012, immigrants already made up 12% of the US population. Where do the legal ones come from? Mexico. Where do the illegal ones come from? 87% from Mexico, Central, and South America.
For the Democrat party, instead of investing in a portion of their constituency with comparatively diminishing influence (but legendary loyalty, even in the face of Democrat policies that make--and have made--blacks objectively worse off), they would do well to continue to solidify their popularity with Hispanics. Even if this means abandoning blacks, whose wages have suffered in direct proportion to Hispanic immigration, to curry favor with illegal alien Hispanics, as labor unions (key Democrat component group) have decided.
As the demographic transition continues, how will blacks react as they are supplanted as the designated victim group in the left's Marxist calculus? Were they a means to an end, the accrual of power for left-wing elites, and now that they have served their purpose, are being set aside in favor of a culturally alien group with racial / ethnic interests of at odds with that of blacks?
* One wonders how long a viable resource-extraction strategy racial Marxism will remain in an environment where the demon white is no longer the numerically dominant group?