Washington Times reports that fathers are disappearing across America
Washington Times reported on Christmas that fathers are disappearing from households across America. Reporter Luke Rosiak interviewed a single mom from the impoverished Southeast Washington area and an ex-felon father whose domestic role was unclear to help illustrate interpretations of the 2010 US Census. (Stats dealing with income are from the 2011 American Community Survey.)
In every state, the portion of families where children have two parents, rather than one, has dropped significantly over the past decade. Even as the country added 160,000 families with children, the number of two-parent households decreased by 1.2 million. Fifteen million U.S. children, or 1 in 3, live without a father, and nearly 5 million live without a mother. In 1960, just 11 percent of American children lived in homes without fathers.
America is awash in poverty, crime, drugs and other problems, but more than perhaps anything else, it all comes down to this, said Vincent DiCaro, vice president of the National Fatherhood Initiative: Deal with absent fathers, and the rest follows.
Citing only three sources to address a purported national trend was not the main reason it blew up on social media and by liberal-hating, progressive-denouncing, welfare-state-blaming commentors. The interpretation of the data included racial divides “In all but 11 states, most black children do not live with both parents. In every state, 7 in 10 white children do.”; racially geographic divides “The largest geographic area of sustained fatherlessness contains the rural, largely black poor…”; and the poor, who, according to DiCaro, can have little purpose: “When you have very little going for you in your life, having children can give purpose to it.”
The focus on absent poor fathers prompted Rosiak and the Times to follow up two days later with “Missing dads is a problem not only in poor homes”, which opens with the following:
The inner cities, where only 1 in 10 black children live with both parents, and the wealthy suburbs, where many fathers spend more than 60 hours a week on the job, have more in common than meets the eye, family advocates and faith leaders said.
They made the comments Thursday after The Washington Times published an analysis this week of U.S. census data that provoked concern for children from widely disparate camps.