It's about them — and us

Patrick McIlheran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5/23/2011

"It's not a 'them' problem," said marriage scholar David Blankenhorn. "It's a 'we' problem." Want to reduce poverty? Then address "our complicity," he said, in creating the culture that got us to where huge numbers of children now are born into families where they'll grow up with one too few parents... Blankenhorn pointed out how many young, poor men commit crimes and end up imprisoned. Society's response to crime, while rational, has a cost, making many young men hard to employ and, so, bad prospects for marriage. Preventing criminality or doing better post-prison rehab - things nongovernmental institutions, such as churches, can start right now - could prevent single-mother misery.

Subjects: Family, Marriage


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