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Byron M. Roth

In the following viewpoint, Byron M. Roth asserts that factors other than discrimination are responsible for low black income. Those who cite statistics on low black household income as proof of discrimination, he points out, often do not consider that many black families are headed by single women, while most white households consist of two-parent families. A single- parent family subsisting on one income is more likely to be poor than is a two-parent family living on multiple incomes, he maintains. In Roth’s opinion, this difference in family structure—not discrimination—results in a higher poverty rate among African Americans. Roth is a professor of psychology at Dowling College in Oakdale, New York.

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