Race and Family Organization
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In his article titled “Why Our Black Families Are Failing” in Th e Washington Post, Raspberry (2005) declared: “What is happening to the black family in America is the sociological equivalent of global warming: easier to document than to reverse, inconsistent in its near-term eff ect-and disastrous in the long run.” Such statements resonate with frequent media images of Black “welfare queens,” deadbeat dads, neglected children, and teenage “baby mamas.” While Raspberry’s confi dent declaration expresses certainty that Black family life is in shambles, sociological literature on race/ethnicity and families is fi lled with disagreements, starting with a disagreement on who is actually more involved and engaged with their families-Whites, Blacks, or Latinos/as. Th is disagreement is closely related to family defi nitions and assumptions about families: Th ose who focus on marriage and nuclear families and those who examine extended families usually come to quite diff erent conclusions.