Saturday, January 21, 2012

My Motown, Michigan, Marriage, and, America Coming Apart

Division is in the land.

And, in my Motown of metropolitan Detroit, Michigan, and beyond, in America's marriages also.

In 2010, marriage was down 36 percentage points, one source notes.

In 1960, 94 percent of white upper middle class people between the age of 30-49 with at least a college education and working in managerial jobs, or, in high-status professions, were married.

Quite a drop among white working class people age 30-49 with no more than a high-school education in blue-collar, low-skill or service jobs.

And, secularism is up 21 percentage points among people who profess no religion or attend a worship service no more than once a year.

Is an American way of life in trouble as the working class seems less attracted to foundational institutions like marriage and religion?

I think so.

In fact, Macomb County, marriage and family advocates, are observing the third anniversary of the signing of a Community Marriage Policy (CMP) that numerous counties and city across the United States have endorsed.

On Monday, March 5th, for example, at 6 pm with a pot luck supper in Sacred Heart Church in Roseville, suburbanites are supporting the City of Detroit with a meal for the needy to promote neighborliness in a Love God/Neighbor Initiative that began in December. A 7 pm round table discussion on the state of marriage and family follows the meal donated by area restaurants.

And, the Macomb Community Marriage Policy (CMP) that was issued by a crowd of civic, clergy and citizens, March 6, 2009, will mark its anniversary when Roseville Mayor John Chirkun, among others gathered in Sacred Heart Church in Roseville, for strengthening marriage and family.

What's up with the statistics that show a new divide in the United States?

The research of Charles Murray, the W.H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, merits close study in his new tome, Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010
(Crown Forum) out January 31, 2012.

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