Black babies born out of wedlock (cont.)

One nagging question that persists from yesterdays post is why would unmarried African-Americans have more kids than married ones? There are all sorts of class arguments that I've seen on the web that don't quite make sense to me. Among them--the black poor see welfare as an incentive. But welfare has been cut dramatically in recent years (five years and then your cut off for life, I believe plus a work requirement in many states) and the roles have been plunging. Furthermore, that analysis conflates the black poor with the black unmarried. There may be a high degree of overlap but those two are not the same. Any explanations? As always, I ask that we not take this chance to simply verify whatever prejudices we already have. This doesn't mean I want people to be all PC. I just don't want tautology. I know there are some folks with experience in sociology and econ lurking around here. I'd love to hear their thoughts.

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