Fatherless households are the root cause of Chicago’s violence

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Fatherless households are the root cause of Chicago's violence

By John Ruberry

Last week­end was par­tic­u­larly vio­lent in Chicago, 52 peo­ple were shot – ten fatally. So far this week­end 30 peo­ple have been shot – with a rash of 22 peo­ple were wounded dur­ing the weekend’s first 12 hours.

Why? Blame usu­ally goes to “guns from Indi­ana,” poverty, lack of eco­nomic oppor­tu­nity, and police ham­strung by the city’s ACLU con­sent decree that has led to a dra­matic decline in stop-​and-​frisks.

To an extent there are vary­ing lev­els of truth with all of these, but there ulti­mate prob­lem is based on the plethora of father­less house­holds in Chicago, par­tic­u­larly in the African Amer­i­can community.

It is sub­ject that is rarely brought up by politi­cians or the media, although Joe Walsh, a for­mer Illi­nois Repub­li­can con­gress­man who now hosts a talk radio show, did point his fin­ger at the lack of dads at home in Chicago the Mon­day after that bloody weekend.

More than half of all black chil­dren live in single-​parent house­holds, a num­ber that has dou­bled — dou­bled — since we were chil­dren.” Who said that? Not Walsh, but another Illi­noisan, back in 2008, Barack Obama.

And way back in 1995, Patrick Fagan wrote for the Her­itage Foun­da­tion:

  • Over the past thirty years, the rise in vio­lent crime par­al­lels the rise in fam­i­lies aban­doned by fathers.
  • High-​crime neigh­bor­hoods are char­ac­ter­ized by high con­cen­tra­tions of fam­i­lies aban­doned by fathers.
  • State-​by-​state analy­sis by Her­itage schol­ars indi­cates that a 10 per­cent increase in the per­cent­age of chil­dren liv­ing in single-​parent homes leads typ­i­cally to a 17 per­cent increase in juve­nile crime.
  • The rate of vio­lent teenage crime cor­re­sponds with the num­ber of fam­i­lies aban­doned by fathers.
  • The type of aggres­sion and hos­til­ity demon­strated by a future crim­i­nal often is fore­shad­owed in unusual aggres­sive­ness as early as age five or six.
  • The future crim­i­nal tends to be an indi­vid­ual rejected by other chil­dren as early as the first grade who goes on to form his own group of friends, often the future delin­quent gang.

Babies born in 1995 are now hav­ing their own children.

Apol­o­gists for father­less house­holds point out, rightly, that some moth­ers and extended fam­i­lies per­form a stu­pen­dous job in defy­ing the odds and rais­ing chil­dren who end up as suc­cesses. They also men­tion that it has been a long time since it was rel­a­tively easy for two-​parent fam­i­lies to raise chil­dren on a sin­gle income. True. But that betrays another fact: The black com­mu­nity has been espe­cially hurt by the dri­ving down of wages by ille­gal immigrants.

Father’s Day is next Sun­day. You’ll have some­thing to pon­der that day.

John Ruberry reg­u­larly blogs at Marathon Pun­dit.

By John Ruberry

Last weekend was particularly violent in Chicago, 52 people were shot–ten fatally. So far this weekend 30 people have been shot–with a rash of 22 people were wounded during the weekend’s first 12 hours.

Why? Blame usually goes to “guns from Indiana,” poverty, lack of economic opportunity, and police hamstrung by the city’s ACLU consent decree that has led to a dramatic decline in stop-and-frisks.

To an extent there are varying levels of truth with all of these, but there ultimate problem is based on the plethora of fatherless households in Chicago, particularly in the African American community. 

It is subject that is rarely brought up by politicians or the media, although Joe Walsh, a former Illinois Republican congressman who now hosts a talk radio show, did point his finger at the lack of dads at home in Chicago the Monday after that bloody weekend.

“More than half of all black children live in single-parent households, a number that has doubled — doubled — since we were children.” Who said that? Not Walsh, but another Illinoisan, back in 2008, Barack Obama.

And way back in 1995, Patrick Fagan wrote for the Heritage Foundation:

  • Over the past thirty years, the rise in violent crime parallels the rise in families abandoned by fathers.
  • High-crime neighborhoods are characterized by high concentrations of families abandoned by fathers.
  • State-by-state analysis by Heritage scholars indicates that a 10 percent increase in the percentage of children living in single-parent homes leads typically to a 17 percent increase in juvenile crime.
  • The rate of violent teenage crime corresponds with the number of families abandoned by fathers.
  • The type of aggression and hostility demonstrated by a future criminal often is foreshadowed in unusual aggressiveness as early as age five or six.
  • The future criminal tends to be an individual rejected by other children as early as the first grade who goes on to form his own group of friends, often the future delinquent gang.

Babies born in 1995 are now having their own children. 

Apologists for fatherless households point out, rightly, that some mothers and extended families perform a stupendous job in defying the odds and raising children who end up as successes. They also mention that it has been a long time since it was relatively easy for two-parent families to raise children on a single income. True. But that betrays another fact: The black community has been especially hurt by the driving down of wages by illegal immigrants.

Father’s Day is next Sunday. You’ll have something to ponder that day.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.