that his daddy had given him in his tiny little hand, all alone.It has often been said that the family is the foundation of society. Breakdown the family and you break down the society, and that is what we areseeing in America and the western affluent world.A recent study on marriage was released by the National Marriage Project,titled
When Marriage Disappears: The Retreat from Marriage in Middle America.
Black families in America were the first group to suffer mass destruction. Weknow that it is common to have black families headed by mothers, with nofathers around. Their families have often been destroyed. This study,
, maintains that the destruction of marriage and thefamily has now moved from black America into white Middle America.About six in ten Americans have a high school education. About three in tenhave a college education. This report classifies those with only a high schooleducation as Middle America and those with a college education as upperAmerica. In the last thirty years the percentage of children born out of wedlock – although marriage is not really considered wed-lock any more, isit? – soared from 13% to 44% among Middle Americans. In that same threedecades the percentage of Middle American adults in an original firstmarriage dropped from 73% to 45%.Conclusion? Family destruction has now moved from the blacks and thelowest economic class into white, middle class America. Less than half thefamilies there are original intact marriages.Among those with college degrees, which is the most affluent segment, thepercentage of intact original families dropped from 73% to 56%, still aterrible figure.Notice that thirty years ago intact families were the same among those twogroups. During the last three decades, both suffered enormously, with themiddle class being destroyed slightly more.I think I recall that in the 2000 census, about one third of families were notoriginal, so much of that family destruction has occurred in the last tenyears. The net sum of these figures is that about half the families in America havebeen destroyed. That's just a statistic, but what does that mean?