A single black father — 27, semi-employed and living with mom — is profiled by the Washington Post.
In many ways, this is a new norm. Single black mothers almost outnumber black two-parent families, and absentee black fathers have become a staple of conversations, sermons and stand-up comics. Some 48 percent of all black children live without their fathers in the home, nearly double the rate of any other ethnic group in the United States. On his block, Tim Wagoner knows more guys his age who have been shot than who are married with kids.
Wagoner works two days a week for $7.50 an hour and takes GED classes. He spends most of his time watching television. His former girlfriend, 19, works full-time for $8 an hour and plans to enroll in college.
In the 1950s, 77 percent of black families and 85 percent of white families were headed by two parents, the Post reports. The black marriage numbers started to plummet in the 1970s.