7 Disturbing Stats About Baltimore That America Should Talk About – And Not Just One Murder Case


http://cnsnews.com/news/article/lauretta-brown/report-only-16-baltimore-teens-raised-married-parents

Baltimore’s collective grief and outrage about the Freddie Gray case has understandably received national attention.

Just as much as the singular event that triggered the violence and destruction that easily grabbed headlines, there needs to be perspective about why the city exploded in frustration.

A new report entitled “Violence in Baltimore Social Science Resources for Journalists and Public Officials” details the alarming state of Baltimore. It was issued by MARRI (the Marriage Research & Religion Institute).

CNS News reported on the study:

“There is a profound crisis in the black community, not just in Baltimore, but nationwide –the crisis is in marriage and family,” Bishop E. W. Jackson, Family Research Council Senior Fellow for Church Ministries and President of S.T.A.N.D, said in a statement on the study.

“Seventy two percent of children are born out of wedlock. Too many fathers are missing from the home, and an alarming number of mothers are still children themselves. Boys in these circumstances are inculcated with the values of the streets, and become susceptible to every negative influence.” Jackson continued.

The report draws on federal studies and social science research to paint a disturbing picture.

1. Baltimore is One of the Least “Intact” Cities in America

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Image credit: “Violence in Baltimore: Social Science Resources for Journalists and Public Officials (Second Edition.” MARRI

“In Baltimore, only 16 percent of 15- to 17-year-olds have been raised by both their married parents.” (MARRI)

2. Rates for Families ‘Intact’ by Race/Ethnicity

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Image credit: “Violence in Baltimore: Social Science Resources for Journalists and Public Officials (Second Edition.” MARRI

“According to MARRI research, based on federal survey data, family intactness is a greater determinant of a state’s well-being than other explanatory variables, including: the percentage of a state’s population that has completed high school, a state’s population density, and a state’s racial composition.” (MARRI)

3. Child Poverty is Much Higher in Single Mother Families

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Image credit: “Violence in Baltimore: Social Science Resources for Journalists and Public Officials (Second Edition.” MARRI

“Children who grow up in intact, married families are least likely to experience poverty during their youth. Family intactness has the second-largest influence on overall diminishment of prime-age female and child poverty.” (MARRI)

4. Child Abuse and Domestic Abuse Tend to Be Higher When Families Not ‘Intact’

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Image credit: “Violence in Baltimore: Social Science Resources for Journalists and Public Officials (Second Edition.” MARRI

“The rate of physical abuse is 3 times higher in the single parent family. The rate of physical abuse is 4 times higher if mother is cohabiting with the child’s biological father (unmarried). The rate of physical abuse is 5 times higher if the child is living in a married step family. The rate of physical abuse is 10 times higher if the mother is cohabiting with a boyfriend.” (MARRI)

5. The Rate of Baltimore Children Graduating from High School is Unacceptably Low

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Image credit: “Violence in Baltimore: Social Science Resources for Journalists and Public Officials (Second Edition.” MARRI

“Poor education and school engagement frequently lead to criminal activity… [those who go on to commit crimes] often fail in the later grades and have no or low aspirations for school or work. They begin to be truant and eventually drop out of school in their teens.” (MARRI)

6. Baltimore Has Extremely High Poverty Rate

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Image credit: “Violence in Baltimore: Social Science Resources for Journalists and Public Officials (Second Edition.” MARRI

“The differences between family structures, even within the same ethnic group, are associated with differences in child poverty rates. The poverty rate for white married-couple families is almost seven times lower than for white non-married families. The poverty rate for black married-couple families is five times lower than for black non-married families. The poverty rate for black married-couple families is three times lower than for white non-married families.” (MARRI)

7. Baltimore Has One of Highest Murder Rates in Nation – Majority of Victims are Black

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Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

“Research shows that only 6 percent of children from stable, safe homes become delinquent. Comparatively, 18 percent of children from homes rated as either unstable or unsafe (broken marriage or lack of supervision) became delinquent. However, 90 percent of children from homes rated as both unstable and unsafe became delinquent.” (MARRI)

At the end of this list of concerning data about Baltimore and other at-risk inner cities across America is a ray of light.

When people turn away from the government as the answer to all their problems, and instead turn to each other – the family, the church, civic organizations – that’s when society will become less liable to foster the preconditions of child abuse, drug abuse, poverty, and violence that give rise to explosions of social outcry like we saw recently in Baltimore.

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