Redefine a Word and the Problem Goes Away!
Some readers may have found cause for a sparkle of hope in the following turnabout, as explained in the NY Times:
The number of black children being raised by two parents appears to be edging higher than at any time in a generation, at nearly 40 percent, according to newly released census data.
Demographers said such a trend might be partly attributable to the growing proportion of immigrants in the nation’s black population. It may have been driven, too, by the values of an emerging black middle class, a trend that could be jeopardized by the current economic meltdown.
Unfortunately, I think Domenico Bettinelli is probably correct that the third explanation dominates… and invalidates:
The Census Bureau attributed an indeterminate amount of the increase to revised definitions adopted in 2007, which identify as parents any man and woman living together, whether or not they are married or the child’s biological parents.
There’s no denying that grandparents, aunts and uncles, foster parents, or just good-hearted folks who raise other people’s children are better for these children than not having anything, the re-definition of the word and concept of “parent” broadens its meaning to insensibility and risks watering it down, not unlike what has been done to the word and concept of “marriage” by civil partnerships, same-sex “marriage” and no-fault divorce.
It is undeniable that children are better off when raised by both parents living together in a loving household.
Yep, and as Dom goes on to suggest, the forces of “progress” are laboring to ensure that we soon lack the necessary language even to discuss such plain realities.