Family is the foundation of our society.
When culture has vibrant and secure households, it has less poverty, research proves.
Why is it that few speak up for strengthening family? For firmer families and stronger marriages?
I don't know.
What is known, however, is that when families were firm, there was less poverty that sparked more crime in the city.
Accountability kept families together. Neighbors watched. And, kids behaved less their parent find out from the neighbor next store.
It worked for my family as we grew up on Lynch Road at Van Dyke on Detroit's east side.
My neighbors watched. Where our parents couldn't always be, Mr. Kowalski across the street was watching us. Or, Mrs. Lewandowski, the neighborhood nurse, would glance out and watch how we behaved as we played two-hand touch football on Arcola Street near our two-family, aluminum-sided home.
It does take a village to raise a child, let alone seven of us in my home.
When will leaders step up to the plate and stand up for firmer families, and, a firmer society?