The Model Of The American Family

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For as long as I can remember, the ideal family household consisted of the male/father as the bread winner, provider, and head of the household, and female/mother, and children as members of this family. This image was embedded in us through our social class, our parents, our community, and the social media. The families of today have drastically changed, and are more complex in the family role. As time progresses, divorce rates are at an all time high, and single parent homes are even higher. To top it off we can’t turn on the TV or computer without seeing or hearing about gay/lesbian marriage or states legalizing same sex marriage. Over time the idea of what the model family was viewed as and the reality of what a model class consist of now began to clash. American families are becoming numb or more excepting of the detrimental changes that I have listed above, of the model African American family. Finances and infidelity are at the top of the list of reasons why the African American family is becoming non-existent. The idea that the 1950s were the best time to raise children was based on the finances of the middle class, but the women back then were not respected as an equal to their husband as they are more so today. The African American male traditionally had the patriarchy role. He was the provider, and head of the household. That role is still ideal today, but not always possible. Due to high divorce rates, that role changes to the African
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