The State of Families

by Ramesh Ponnuru

This John McWhorter essay is generally sensible, but I’d like to think I wasn’t the only reader who found this passage jarring:

A neighborhood where every child had two parents would be a little odd and almost ominous. Except if it were a highly traditional religious community, one would suspect strangely stringent notions regarding compatibility and even sexuality. We don’t need to go back to shotgun marriages. But the other extreme, where, in many neighborhoods, often nine in ten children’s fathers have not been at home helping raise them, is just as bad.

Just as bad?

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