31st October 2011
Considering the rate of unwed motherhood and teen pregnancy in ‘the black community’, I should think Roland Martin would hesitate to even open his mouth on the subject. Or perhaps he thinks it ought to be mandatory for white people, since they are so obviously behind the curve.
There are few things more annoying than listening to ignorant, whiny parents complain about a school district teaching their children about sex.
Unless it’s listening to ignorant, whiny liberals telling other people how to raise their kids.
I recall as an elementary student, as well as in middle school and high school, taking classes that dealt with sex. Yes, elementary school. It was done properly and smartly, and was needed. Did it prevent children from getting pregnant too soon? I can’t say for sure.
I can. From a site called BlackWomen’sHealth.com:
Here are some facts about teenage pregnancy in the United States:
- Every year, close to one million young females under the age of twenty become pregnant.
- 13 percent of all births in the United States are to teenagers.
- Black American teenagers have higher pregnancy and out-of-wedlock birth rates than their White and Hispanic peers. However, since 1980 these rates are rising faster among Whites.
- A female who does not use birth control the first time she has sexual intercourse is four times more likely to become pregnant than the person who uses birth control.
- 9 times out of 10, the sexually active female who does not use birth control will become pregnant within a year.
- Research information indicates that one-third to one-fourth of all teenage mothers will have a second child within two years of their first child.