Broken Families are Largest Cause of Latino Poverty, Democratic Affiliation

This is something that I began addressing in Obama’s Post-Family America and the breakup of the family may be a major predictor of Democratic Party affiliation. As The Foundry’s Rachel Sheffield looks at the driving mechanism behind Latino poverty rates and broken families.

Among Latinos, unmarried parent families are roughly three times as likely to be poor as married families. Tragically, over half of Latino children born today are born outside of marriage. The rate has increased from less than 40 percent in the 1990s to more than half—nearly 53 percent—today.

And those numbers also translate into welfare dependency and rigid Democratic Party loyalties.

But it’s not just the conventional welfare mother who is tied to the Democratic Party through the broken family, it’s also the middle class suburban children of divorce who have grown up without any faith in the family, but some faith in the safety mechanisms of the state.

You can for example see the political mechanism of the Democratic base in the marital rates for New York. Manhattan, the most liberal area, has a marriage rate of 36 percent and a living together rate of 6 percent. The only place worse than it is the minority-composed Bronx where the marriage rate is 3 percent and the living together is 7 percent. Comparatively Brooklyn has a marriage rate of 57 percent, and the fairly conservative Staten Island a marriage rate of 60 percent and a living together rate of just 1 percent.

The broken family is what links upscale liberals and their minority clients to their dependency on the state.

  • Questions

    Are these really broken families? Or are they families that never formed in the first place? The problem isn't nearly so much "upscale liberals" as it is the common desire of lower-class black and Hispanic females to want a baby (or two) at a very young age.

    I aggressively oppose the welfare state as enabling mechanism for these decisions, but in the end, the fertility patterns of this matriarchy is driven by nearby extended family, not distant liberals.

    • Mary Sue

      technically they qualify as "broken" by statistics and similarity to broken homes as the effects are similar or pretty much identical, however they are not true "broken" homes in that sense.

      Tom Leykis once remarked that Single Mothers are ''raising the future Carjackers of America".

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Are these really broken families? Or are they families that never formed in the first place? "

      Most of the time there is no distinction unless you want to separate divorce rates from those who never married.

      What makes you think the distinction is important to the topic?

      "the fertility patterns of this matriarchy is driven by nearby extended family"

      What are you talking about?

      "not distant liberals"

      Liberals provide short-term incentives, encouragement and propaganda. Arguably they created the root causes of these dramatic statistical changes. You're not paying enough attention.

  • Elliott

    A question for "Questions".
    What is the source for your comment: "… the common desire of lower-class black and Hispanic females to want a baby (or two) at a very young age."?
    I don't have any statistics available, but it is more likely to be that these females become pregnant because of peer pressure / having sex is "cool", and they are TOTALLY unaware of the consequences.
    They do not receive the guidance / education to avoid the sex and possible pregnancy prior to being able to: a) ensure that the father takes responsibility for BEING A FATHER; b) that they are able / willing to take FULL responsibility because it's almost guaranteed that the Father WON'T.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "A question for "Questions". What is the source for your comment: "… the common desire of lower-class black and Hispanic females to want a baby (or two) at a very young age."?"

      Use the Force, Elliot. There is no other source for this information.