Profile of a Stupid Single Mother
Extract from For Women Under 30, Most Births Occur Outside Marriage New York Times February 17, 2012.
Amber Strader, 27, was in an on-and-off relationship with a clerk at Sears a few years ago when she found herself pregnant. A former nursing student who now tends bar, Ms. Strader said her boyfriend was so dependent that she had to buy his cigarettes. Marrying him never entered her mind. "It was like living with another kid," she said.
When a second child, with a new boyfriend, followed three years later - her birth control failed, she said - her boyfriend, a part-time house painter, was reluctant to wed.
Ms. Strader likes the idea of marriage; she keeps her parents' wedding photo on her kitchen wall and says her boyfriend is a good father. But for now marriage is beyond her reach.
"I'd like to do it, but I just don't see it happening right now," she said. "Most of my friends say it's just a piece of paper, and it doesn't work out anyway."
Comment: It's certain she receives public assistance and it's obvious she will never marry the kind of people she sleeps around with. This behavior is the prime reason, regardless of race, for child poverty and not white racism.
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