Progressives have a special gift for overlooking the obvious, especially when it comes to human nature. White privilege is how they explain the huge percentage of blacks living in poverty and being supported by the welfare state.

We white folk supposedly are doing better because we enjoy special advantages and don’t have “the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow” holding us back. That is probably true to some degree, but not enough to make the difference.

Fact is, if you come from a bad family you don’t fare well whether you’re white, black, Hispanic or Asian. Family matters most, not “institutional racism.”

A child benefits from being loved, from having both a father and mother raise him and from being encouraged to become educated and inspired to work hard.

Daniel Patrick Moynihan predicted the disaster of illegitimate children. His focus was blacks, but the same holds true for all ethnic groups. Just look at Appalachia.

These charts which summarize 2011 Census Bureau data compiled by Kids Count, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation:

You want root causes? Here they are in black and white.

Racial or ethnic group Percent of births considered “non-marital”
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders 17 percent
Non-Hispanic whites 29 percent
Hispanics 53 percent
American Indian and Native Alaskans 66 percent
Non-Hispanic blacks 73 percent

Sure, you can have kids outside of marriage and still be in the home. So:

 

Racial or ethnic group Children in single-parent families
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders 17 percent
Non-Hispanic whites 25 percent
Hispanics 42 percent
American Indian and Native Alaskans 53 percent
Non-Hispanic blacks 67 percent