In The Statesman Journal, Ruth Liao writes:
Teen pregnancy rates in the Mid-Valley are rising at an alarming rate, at a time when Oregon’s statewide average is declining. It’s difficult to determine why teen pregnancy rates are high (my emphasis). But Marion County’s teen pregnancy rate has been persistently greater than the state average; since 2003, Marion County’s teen pregnancy rate has been on an upward trend.
Actually, it is not very difficult to determine the reason for this trend. Anybody can see, watching the accompanying video, that most of these teen mothers are Hispanic.
According to Marion County’s official website, 80% of Marion County’s population growth is Hispanic. That same article also mentions that Hispanics do poorly in school and therefore earn less money than their white counterparts. It is a fact that Hispanics (specifically Mestizo Hispanics) have an overall negative impact on society. So it should be no surprise that large numbers of Hispanics would cause teen pregnancy rates to increase.
Using a government source, I composed a crude map showing the incidence of teen pregnancy in Oregon counties. Unfortunately, the latest data they had was from 1998:
Now let us compare a similar map showing the Hispanic share of the population:
… and to one showing average per-capita incomes:
The top two are a pretty good match even though there are obviously other factors that contribute to teen pregnancy and there is a ten year disparity between the maps. Population compositions may easily have shifted. But there is certainly a correlation.
The standard leftist answer to the above is that poor people naturally suffer from social pathologies more than their more affluent compatriots. Since Hispanics are disproportionately poor, they also tend to have more teen pregnancies. According to the leftist theory, the lower map should match up, pretty closely, to the top map. As a matter of fact, there appears to be no correlation, whatsoever, between the upper and lower maps. The greatest correlation is between the upper and the middle maps.
As one may expect, the Statesman Journal has been censuring comments that point out the obvious. Those of us who are not burdened by political correctness may freely discuss the matter and draw our own conclusions – while those still mired in the dark ages wring their hands and struggle with “difficulties” while trying to comprehend their world.