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The left is touting a study by Harvard and Stanford allegedly showing that race explains income inequality. America is racist against blacks regardless of class. Hokum. What they have done is bury the lede. The real story is that for boys, fathers matter. A lot.
Black American men, even from wealthy families, are much more likely to end up in lower income brackets than white men who grew up poorer.
But why? Because it is isolated to black men.
The study finds that this black-white income gap is also entirely created by differences in outcomes for men, not women. Among those who grow up in families with comparable incomes, black women earn slightly more than white women. Black men, by contrast, earned “substantially” less than white men with similar parental incomes.
For men, this disparity is also seen in high-school completion rates, college attendance rates, and incarceration.
Hmmmmm. There must be a reason. It turns out that fathers matter.
There are some environments that lead to smaller black-white gaps in intergenerational outcomes: low-poverty neighborhoods with, importantly, low levels of racial bias among whites and higher rates of fathers being present among blacks. (This doesn’t necessarily need to be the child’s own father, just within the community.)
The authors of the report find that black men who moved to these better areas at a young age have higher incomes and lower rates of incarnation as adults. The problem is that fewer than 5% of black children currently grow up in areas with a poverty rate below 10% and more than half with fathers present, while 63% of white children do.
Without fathers as role models, even if that father figure is not your own, boys struggle and founder. How on earth did Harvard and Stanford let this study see the light of day?! Gender matters. Fathers matter. Go figure.