Being born in Hinds County means all too often growing up without a father. A 2014 Mississippi Department of Health report states that 80% of all black babies born in Hinds County were born to unmarried mothers. It also states 28% of white births had unmarried mothers as well. The combined unwed birthrate is 68% for Hinds County. The report refers to residents of the county. Read the single-page report for yourself:
What is more troubling is this problem is virtually ignored by community leaders. 80% of the black community is born to a single-parent home. Poverty, crime, and illiteracy all stem from this one number yet nothing is said or done about the problem.