Pandemic, protests, riots, and needless death have dominated human historical landscape for millenia. Questions of police effectiveness and actions of brutality have led conversational quips spurring intense arguments among communities and families for some time now. As our leadership continues to be a focal point, the sources of crime and effective means of countering seem to be dissonant. Arguments fester with accusations of importance and correctness failing to address meaningful tangibles.
The country has heard the voices of many advocates, some violent and others more peaceful. The media has responded with divisive narrative further marking their bias. Our nation shamelessly turned its cameras and fueled the flames of anger for so many Americans already compounded with question of survival as a result of lockdowns. To mention the rest of the world’s suffering is beyond this scope. Extreme comes immediately to mind.
Brutality, abuse, violence, and every other sort of systemic oppressive paradigm affecting people are the main tunes at play. Within this landscape there is one subject that consistently fails to catch the attention of our bipartisan dynasties and their biased media outlets. I hear it does wonders for the meme world, helps cope with existential nihilism.
Crime is a problem. Digging deeper, the psychological effects that guide a lot of behavioral issues, we come to a very stark realization rooted in the fabric of our society and communities. A race based liberation doctrine leading to the aggressive deconstruction of the nuclear family resulting in fatherless children. Now it must be noted that this does not imply mothers are incapable of raising wonderful children. It simply means that it becomes exponentially difficult to guide young men when time and money are constricting factors. The concept of a creator even established as a male figure becomes easier to digest, interesting branch of theology. There exists a special place in heaven for all these magnificent women.
Below is a table portraying the myriad of studies performed on this subject matter and the observed results. This helps to simply paint the landscape. There are many more studies attacking this pandemic and yes it is systemic.
Important things to note, literature does not necessarily cover the “why” of behavioral issues derived from fatherless homes. Lots of studies and yet our policies have done little change anything. Our “system” isn’t working.
- Why do fatherless boys and girls become 9x more likely to end up in jail?
The absence of those values virtually guarantees pathological lifestyles that include drug/alcohol addiction, crime, violence, incarceration, depression, single-parent households, dependency, and erosion of the work ethic.
As we continue down this path of truth and purposeful cognitive understanding of fundamental problems affecting our communities, these values or lack thereof, stand true now as ever before. Many would point to systemic discrimination and racism for the fallout, but fail to explain the extent to which this has been the central cause.
- Can we as a culture blame racism for the disintegration of the nuclear family?
Post large migratory movements & pre-1960’s America over 70% of all black children lived with their parents. This figure has since catastrophically collapsed to almost 30%. Several studies point to welfare programs as a major contributor to several aspects of poverty. Using the 1979 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth data, Anne Hill and June O’Neill found that a 50% increase in the monthly value of welfare benefits led to a 43% increase in the number of out-of-wedlock births. Correlation is not always causation but this one reeks.
We can see some of the effects of welfare on the work experience of poor families. In 1959, 31.5 percent of heads of poor families worked full time year-round; by 1989, the percentage had fallen to 16.2. In 1959, 30.5 percent did not work at all (either full time or part-time); by 1989, that figure had risen to 50.8 percent. Some argue that such high unemployment stems from a lack of job opportunities in inner cities. That observation is questionable. During 1979–80, the National Bureau of Economic Research conducted a survey in the ghettoes of Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago. Only a minority of the respondents were employed, yet almost as many said it was easy or fairly easy to get a job as a laborer as said it was difficult or impossible, and 71 percent said it was fairly easy to get a minimum-wage job.Race & Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination?
By Walter E. Williams
What then could lead a man to leave his family?
These are hard questions that require a diligent look at our moral structure and environment. Racism and systemic oppression are explanations that fall quite short of rationalizing the current landscape. The availability of opportunity is there and vibrantly present particularly if looked at from the 🌎 arena. For some more privileged they experience less resistance. This is undeniable. As a human family, we do not have the luxury of blaming our birth demographic and call it a privilege or lack thereof. Fate affords us no choice on the matter and cares little for fairness. History is a good teacher. These commentaries devalue the hard work and perseverance many individuals have shed blood, sweat, and tears to overcome. They assign blame to a false narrative and excuse our actions under a pretense of owed recompense based on race. Arguably one of the most racist things we can do as a society.
It is our moral duty to help break the cycle of fatherless homes and bring back the values that have guided this country to overcome evil at the cusp of every historical crossroad. The work is monumentally wrought in peril. One thing is clear, not confronting this real danger will continue to lead down a destructive path we may never recover from. We must be accountable.