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American Renaissance, March 2002. Race and Teenage Pregnancy; Neo-Con Games; The Great Refusal; O Tempora, O Mores!; Letters from Readers
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American Renaissance - 1 - March 2002
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There is not a truth existing which I fear or would wish unknown to the whole world.— 
Thomas Jefferson
Vol. 13 No. 3March 2002
Race and Teenage Pregnancy
American Renaissance
The “crisis” is hardly thesame for all races.
by Burke C. Dabney
T
he media, teachers and publichealth officials have devotedenormous attention in recentyears to the “teen pregnancy crisis.” Butis there a crisis? And if so, for whom? Itis a mistake to treat all teenage child births the same. A child born to a mar-ried 19-year-old has very different pros- pects from one born to an unmarried 14-year-old. Also, teenage motherhood fol-lows the racial and ethnic patterns that pervade our society. Current anti-preg-nancy campaigns largely ignore impor-tant distinctions of this kind, and aredirected indiscriminately at all Ameri-can teenagers. They therefore miss manyof their intended targets and have theeffect of discouraging childbirth amongwhites, who are the only group that islosing demographic ground while allothers gain.As the most recent data from the Na-tional Center for Health Statistics show,teenage motherhood is disproportion-ately black and Hispanic, with these twominority groups accounting for morethan half of all teenage births. Althoughwhites (what the census bureau calls“non-Hispanic whites”) are 60.9 percentof the American population age 17 andyounger, in 1999 whites accounted for  just 44.3 percent—a minority—of birthsto females 19 and younger. Tables 1 and2 show the percentages for blacks andHispanics. Non-white teenagers aremore than twice as likely as whites tohave children, and more than one in five babies (20.8 percent) born to American blacks in 1999 were born to teenagemothers. Any health program or educa-tion project aimed at reducing teenage births will therefore yield greater resultsif it targets blacks and Hispanics.What the authorities persist in call-ing a crisis of teenage pregnancy is infact a crisis—or absence—of marriage.Teenage birth rates have not gone up inthe past several decades; they have gonedown. The teenage birth rate in 1999 of 49 per 1,000 teenage girls is only 60 percent of the 1950 rate of 82 per 1,000teenage girls. The reason the 1950 ratewas
not 
a crisis is that most of those teen-age mothers were married, whereas to-day they are not. In 1950, only about 13 percent of births to women in the 15-19age group were out of wedlock, whereasthe figure was
79 percent 
in 1999. Whatthis means is that teenage birth ratesdeclined substantially in the past 50years, but marriage virtually disap- peared. Indeed, we find that in 1950 a14-year-old mother was more likely to be married than is a 19-year-old mother today.This is due in part to the fact thatAmericans now marry later than theyused to; the median age at first marriagehas risen by more than four years since1950. Fifty years ago, about half of American women who were going tomarry had done so by age 21, and thatfigure remained essentially the sameuntil 1970. By 2000, the median age hadcrept up to 24.5 (see Table 3). This in-crease in the age at first marriage has been accompanied by sharp drops in the percentages of younger women who aremarried (see Table 4). The age group 20-24 is particularly striking, with 70 per-cent of women married by that age in1950 but only 27 percent in 1995. For females aged 15-19, 16.7 percent weremarried in 1950, compared to only 3.2 percent in 1995—an 80 percent drop.Whether teenage motherhood
 per se
constitutes a crisis, defining all birthsto mothers under age 20 as social pa-thology misses important differences
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American Renaissance - 2 - March 2002
 Letters from Readers
Sir — The October, 2001, article onrearing white children mentions a homeschooling father who teaches his chil-dren Latin. He is right to do so. Manyof the Founding Fathers understoodLatin and were well acquainted withRoman history. They could distinguish between a republic, a democracy, andan empire, and could not have imaginedtheir descendants would be ignorant of the language that nourished Westerncivilization for over 2,000 years. Whatwarning could now be more appropri-ate than
Curemus ne civitatem eistradamus qui se patriae anteponant 
(Letus take care not to surrender the state tothose who would put themselves beforethe country.)? From Woodrow Wilsonto William Clinton, leadership wasgiven to men who put self-aggrandize-ment before principle, and the acquisi-tion of power before upholding the Con-stitution and the interests of their ownrace. This must stop if we are to surviveas a nation. For guidance we must re-learn the lessons of our history, rely onthe wisdom of our race, and seek the aidof Providence.John W. Altman, Tuscaloosa, Ala- bamaSir — The Trask Racial Classifica-tion System published in the Januaryissue is almost as flawed as the systemused by the US government. In his sys-tem, Dr. Trask proposes to classifywhites as members of either one of threegroups: “Nordic,” “Slavic,” and “Medi-terranean.” This is quite different fromthe classifications developed by lin-guists and biological anthropologists.According to these, the native popula-tion of Europe consists of the followinggroups: Germanic, Slavic, Celtic, Latin,Hellenic, Mediterranean and Finno-Ugric.Every internationally recognizedstate in today’s Europe can be classifiedas a member of one of these groups, ascan all native European languages. Of these groups, all but the last two are of Indo-Aryan origins. The Mediter-raneans—who include the Basques andthe Georgians—are remnants of an an-cient people that populated much of Southern Europe before the arrival of Aryans. The Finno-Ugrians—repre-sented by the Hungarians, Finns and Es-tonians—have been traced to the East-ern edges of Europe, and settled in their current homelands sometime during thefirst millennium. They and their lan-guages have no connection with theMediterraneans.The Jews, whom Dr. Trask classifiesas Mediterraneans consist of at leastthree groups, none of whom has any-thing to do with the Mediterraneans.Ashkenazic Jews are roughly half Aryanand half Semitic, Sephardic Jews areentirely Semitic and the black skinnedEthiopian Jews are mostly Negroid withonly traces of Semitic ancestry. If these peoples, who have never possessed arecognized state in Europe and are notculturally connected to European Chris-tianity can be categorized as white, thenwhy not the Turks and Gypsies who havealso lived in Europe for centuries?Another problem with the Trask Ra-cial Classification System is that fewwhites are unmixed representatives of one group. For example, Northern Italyhad been heavily Germanized by theLombards; German and Slavic genes aremixed throughout Prussia, the CzechRepublic, and Slovenia; and many En-glishmen have some Celtic ancestry andvice versa. Perhaps it would be best touse the simple system of “White,” and“Colored.” It has worked in the past.Daniel Attila, New York, N.Y.Sir — Having majored in physicalanthropology before political correct-ness took over, perhaps I can help elu-cidate the government’s confusion re-garding the taxonomy of our species.There are six major divisions of man-kind. Each of these (better called sub-species than races) is composed of twoor more races, sub-races, and localforms. The Europid sub-species containsfourteen races, four of which are thosewe call “white.” Using Eickstadt andPeters nomenclature, they are Alpinid,Dinarid, Nordid and Ost-europid. Thegovernment classifies all fourteenEuropid races as white, probably on the basis of older nomenclature that namedthe Europid sub-species as Homo Sapi-ens Albus. Albus is Latin for white.Hence the confusion. The Arabs,Middle-Easterners, etc. are Europids—  but not white.The best book I have found on thesubject is John R. Baker’s
 Race
[re-viewed in AR, Nov. 1993]. He wrote itfor the layman, and it is fascinating andedifying. It will clear up any confusionand provide a better understanding of the facts of our biology.Dax Crockett Stewart, Purmela,TexasSir — Each issue of AR is usuallyriveting, informative reading from be-ginning to end, but your book review of 
 Democracy: The God that Failed 
in theJanuary issue was quite dull—like mostthings Libertarian. Your joy that Liber-tarian author Hans-Hermann Hoppe isnot a typical open-borders enthusiast isunderstandable, but it hardly merits athree-page (!) review. Libertarianism is basically anarchism, with an occasionalnuance. All it really has to say is thatgovernment doesn’t work. A sure curefor insomnia is listening to or reading aLibertarian. I hope that’s the last reviewor commentary on Libertarianism I seein AR.Kenneth Reynolds, Bronx, N.Y.
 
American Renaissance - 3 - March 2002
American Renaissance is published monthly by the New Century Foundation. NCF is governed by section501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code; contributionsto it are tax deductible.Subscriptions to American Renaissance are $24.00 per year. First-class postage isan additional $8.00. Subscriptions to Canada (first class) are $36.00. Subscriptionsoutside Canada and the U.S. (air mail) are $40.00. Back issues are $3.00 each. Foreignsubscribers should send U.S. dollars or equivalent in convertible bank notes.Please make checks payable to: American Renaissance, P.O. Box 527, Oakton, VA22124. ISSN No. 1086-9905, Telephone: (703) 716-0900, Facsimile: (703) 716-0932,Web Page Address: www.amren.com Electronic Mail: AR@amren.com
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American Renaissance
Jared Taylor, Editor Stephen Webster, Assistant Editor James P. Lubinskas, Contributing Editor George McDaniel, Web Page Editor 
 between older teenagers (18 and 19) andminor girls 17 and younger. An 18- or 19-year-old girl is at least a legal adultwho can sign a lease or open a bank ac-count. She is more likely to have fin-ished high school, and is eligible for full-time employment unconstrained bychild labor laws.At the same time, marriage, althoughstill the exception, is more commonamong older teenage mothers (second part of Table 6), with mothers in the 18-19 group six times more likely to bemarried than mothers 15 and under.More than 30 percent of births to His- panic and white females 18-19 are tomarried women, compared to single-digit percentages for those 15 and un-der.For blacks, the likelihood of marriageincreases only slightly for older teenagemothers. This simply reflects the gen-eral disappearance of marriage for  blacks of all ages. In 1999, 69 percentof 
all 
 births to blacks were to singlewomen. This rate of illegitimacy for theentire black population is higher than theillegitimacy rate for 18- and 19-year-oldwhites and Hispanics.Even if it is misleading to includemarried women 18 and older in statis-tics about the “teen pregnancy crisis,”very young teenagers (those 15 and un-der) are almost certainly ill-prepared for motherhood. They are just girls, mostlystill in middle school. The overwhelm-ing majority are unmarried (indeed,most states prohibit marriage before age16), and young teenagers are prohibited by law from full-time employment.These very young mothers are a real public concern. Their numbers are rela-tively few (31,950 births to girls 15 andyounger in 1999 out of a total of nearlyfour million births), but “children hav-ing children” is the disturbing image thatdrives anti-pregnancy campaigns.An analysis of teenage motherhood by age reveals striking racial differences(Table 7). Nearly 70 percent of whiteteenage mothers are 18 or 19, and whitesaccount for just 28 percent of births togirls 15 and under. In 1999, “only” 9,011 births were to white girls of that agegroup. Meanwhile, nearly 40 percent of  births to girls 15 and under were to black mothers, while Hispanics accounted for 31.3 percent of 15-and-under births.This means that although the actualnumber of births is relatively low, a black girl 15 or younger is 5.4 timesmore likely to have a child than a whitegirl of that age group, and young teen-age Hispanics are 3.9 times more likely.The majority of teenage mothers of allages are non-white, and this is over-whelmingly true for the youngest moth-ers. In 1999 blacks and Hispanics ac-counted for no fewer than 71 percent of  births to girls 15 and under.Interestingly, the overall teenage il-legitimacy rate is actually slightly lower 
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