Graph of the Day for October 2, 2009

"The fundamental problem, in which this is most clearly the case, is that of family structure. The evidence -- not final, but powerfully persuasive -- is that the Negro family in the urban ghettos is crumbling.... A national effort is required that will give a unity of purpose to the many activities of the Federal government in this area, directed to a new kind of national goal: the establishment of a stable Negro family structure."

"The Negro Family: The Case for National Action" (aka the Moynihan Report), March 1965 

Source:  "The Spread of Single-Parent Families in the US since 1960", by Harvard researchers David T. Ellwood and Christopher Jencks, 2004.   Hat tip: Christopher Chantrill at American Thinker

Hoven's Index for October 2, 2009

Median income of black families as a percentage of the median income of white families, in 1966:  60%.

In 1976:  59%.

In 1986:  57%.

In 1996:  59%.

Source:  US Statistical Abstract Historical Table 25, "Money Income of Families by Race and Type of Family"