The last couple of weeks in our country have been tumultuous, to say the least. COVID, protests, riots, and needless death have dominated the landscape. Questions of police effectiveness and brutality have been at the forefront conversations spurring intense arguments. As the spotlight shines ever more brightly on our authority figures, sources of crime statistics seem to be at the forefront of every discussion. Arguments fester with accusations of importance and correctness and yet many fail to address the real cause. It’s easy to analyze a resulting action without ever addressing the underlying problems.
The country has heard the voices of many advocates and the media has responded with a narrative that fosters divisive rhetoric at best. Our nation shamelessly turned its cameras and fueled the flames of disdain and anger for so many Americans, albeit over a very justified sense of anger. It’s important to note from all the reporting and coverage very little is done to mention the issues we seem to willingly fail to mention.
Brutality, abuse, violence, and every other sort of systemic oppressive paradigm affecting people are the main tunes at play. Within this guided narrative, there is one subject that consistently receives minimal attention, especially by the DNC and news outlets that facilitate echoing their slogans. As we dig deeper into the psychological effects that guide a lot of behavioral issues we come to a very stark realization, one that is deeply rooted in the fabric of our society and communities. A figure that may argue was birthed from the liberation doctrine and deconstruction of the nuclear family. A hard concept to rationalize from any perspective – 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 parent and guide, especially young men when time and money are constricting factors.
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.
Important things to note, literature does not necessarily cover the “why” of behavioral issues derived from fatherless homes.
- Why do fatherless boys and girls become 9x more likely to end up in jail?
- What are the parental gaps not coped with resulting in the disintegration of work ethic and self-sufficiency?
The absence of those values virtually guarantees pathological lifestyles that include drug and alcohol addiction, crime, violence, incarceration, illegitimacy, 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?
- Can we find no other reasonable explanation that helps fill these gaps?
In 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 behavioral poverty. Using the 1979 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth data, Anne Hill and June O’Neill found that a 50 percent increase in the monthly value of welfare benefits led to a 43 percent increase in the number of out-of-wedlock births.
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 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 present. For some more prevalent experiencing less resistance than others, 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 teaches us this. 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.