Episode 135: State of the Black Family


For today’s episode, Tyrell and Daphne explore the state of the Black family in the United States. After catching up on life (00:30), the hosts interrogate their own subjective understandings about what it means to have a “good” family (3:45) and what they want to carry forward as they build their own families (10:15). Next, they explore the history of the Black family in the United States (15:45) and highlight distinctive features of African American families (20:17). Ty and Daphne then have a conversation about the Moynihan report and the general tendency to pathologize the Black family (28:35), recent trends and statistics related to the Black family (34:32), and the role of economics in the Black family structure (42:05). The hosts close the episode by discussing research related to how individuals from different socioeconomic backgrounds think about marriage and family (46:15), challenging assumptions about what a “healthy” family looks like (50:43), and exploring the role of the criminal justice system on the stability of the Black family (56:09).

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