It's not just Richmond, of course, but think about it. Richmond has a metropolitan area of about 1.25 million people. In the city itself, 6 out of 10 children are being raised by a single parent. I find it interesting how politically incorrect local officials were willing to be:
Experts have said that more often than not, it’s the father who leaves the family.
“We have a major father absenteeism issue in Richmond,” First Things First Executive Director Truin Huntle said. “I wish more people were discussing why this is such a major issue. We see more people beginning to give some credence to it because they are looking for the root cause of other issues like childhood poverty, poor performance in school. Father absenteeism, broken homes, broken marriages and teen pregnancy are continually being found as the root cause of those problems.”
Henrico Police Chief Doug Middleton said he has noticed a correlation to crime as well.
“I do know that a large of number of young folks we interact with do not have a father in their home and I think it’s on all of us to recognize a responsibility to help those children,” Chief Middleton said.
Wow, suggesting that a child is better with a father in his or her life. Don't the folks in Richmond know how twentieth century(actually early twentieth century) that sounds? "Father absenteeism, broken homes, broken marriages and teen pregnancy are continually being found as the root cause of those problems?" You wonder how much longer society can go on this way. When we decided we no longer needed the nuclear family as the foundation on which our society is built, we didn't replace it with anything. How long can that last?