Well check this out. Now truth be told we’ve been heading down this road for a while now…and as usual the trend hits vulnerable populations first, then spreads outward. The key here is the historical piece. How long has marriage really been the norm? What types of circumstances make this possible? For all this talk about teenage birth rates, it wasn’t really that long ago when the average mother was a teenager. Also interesting is the way that the argument shifts to structural causes when black people aren’t the focus. When it’s us, it’s usually cultural. We don’t get married because we’ve got something wrong with our culture that doesn’t value marriage.