Black fatherhood

So, there’s some really interesting research that shows, similarly situated, Black fathers are just as, if not more involved, that white fathers.  I.e., A black married dad is more involved than the white married dad and the white non-custodial dad is more involved than the white custodial dad.  Here’s the key chart:

black fatherhood

The ThinkProgress piece is titled “the myth of the absent Black father” and writes:

In fact, in its coverage of the study, the Los Angeles Times noted that the results “defy stereotypes about black fatherhood” because the CDC found that black dads are moreinvolved with their kids on a daily basis than dads from other racial groups:

That’s awesome.  Hooray for Black dads.  But I’m not sure you can say that busts the stereotype because Black men are far more likely to not live in the home with their kids.  From the Census Bureua:

  • Seventy-four percent of White, non-Hispanic, 59 percent of Hispanic, and 33 percent of Black children lived with two married parents in 2012.2

Yeah, those non-custodial Black men do better than similar white men, but they all pale in comparison (not surprisingly) to men who live full-time with their kids (as is dramatically shown in the chart above).   I’m sorry, but we just cannot ignore this fact.  Obviously, I’m not here to blame Black men, but as a society we should certainly want more of them living with their kids– that’s where the truly involved fatherhood happens.  Maybe I’m wrong, but I think the stereotype does stem from the fact that too many Black men don’t live with their kids, not the idea that they just aren’t involved dads, ceteris paribus.  Obviously, this is complicated and there’s no easy solutions, but I don’t think we should try and ignore the fact that this situation should be improved (it’s better for the women, the men, and the children) based on the fact that Black men are involved, given the circumstances.

Photo of the day

Love this Wired gallery of best space photos of 2013.

An incredible shot from the Hubble space telescope shows off a flickering star known as RS Puppis. The star is swaddled in gas and dust.

Image: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-Hubble/Europe Collaboration Acknowledgment: H. Bond (STScI and Pennsylvania State University) [high-resolution]


What’s in the house?

This is awesome.  I drive past this “house” on my way home from work each day.  Learn more here (after you watch):

Quick hits

1) All the best TV is on Sunday night and it’s always been that way.  The NYT examines this.  It often takes me till Wed or Thurs to clear out Sunday night shows from the DVR.

2) Famous movie quotes as charts.  Awesome.

3) Can doctors be more efficient and productive by having a scribe come along and enter information on charts, take notes, etc.?

4) Ezra on what liberals get wrong about single payer health care.

5) So, a bunch of old Korean men buy some french fries and sit in a Queens, NY McDonald’s literally all day long even when the restaurant is crowded and others cannot find a table.  McDonalds wants them out.  I’m with McDonalds.

6) Birds that are more innovative thinkers are also less flexible thinkers.

7) Your friends have more friends than you (unless you are DJC) and they are also richer and more happier than you.  Really.  Though I’m pretty sure I’m happier than most of my friends.

8) It’s pathetic how Republicans have made improving light bulb efficiency some crazy liberal bugaboo.  Hard to have effective policy and politics when one party is this nuts.

9) Policy-wise, it’s a good idea to tax thinks that we use too much of.  Time for an antibiotics tax.

10) Matthew McConaughey has been on a major roll.  Personally, I thought he was awesome in mud and I couldn’t take my eyes off him in the pilot of True Detective.  Nice essay on his actorly renaissance.

11) Coerced false confession leads to 20 year wrongful imprisonment.  Again, again, again.  So much injustice in our criminal justice system.  We can do so much better if we really cared.

12) On that topic, great post by Atlantic’s Andrew Cohen on the reprehensible treatment by South Carolina of mentally ill prisoners.  Worst part?  Everybody had known for years, but nobody seems to give a damn.

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