City without Fathers

The execution of three black students by illegal immigrant Latinos has made this “progressive” city with a liberal mayor re-examine itself.  What’s behind Newark’s crime epidemic?  It appears that in the rush to implement liberal social programs, the family, the basic building block of society, has not only been neglected; it’s been under constant assault—trash celebrities make drive-by relationships appear to be normal, and a comprehensive welfare system has made fathers economically unnecessary.  As this analysis reveals, some 60 percent of the city’s kids are growing up without fathers:

Behind Newark’s persistent violence and deep social dysfunction is a profound cultural shift that has left many of the city’s children growing up outside the two-parent family—and in particular, growing up without fathers. Decades of research tell us that such children are far likelier to fail in school and work and to fall into violence than those raised in two-parent families. In Newark, we are seeing what happens to a community when the traditional family comes close to disappearing.

How bad does it have to get before we realize what we’re doing to ourselves and to the next generation?  Our public policy has been to deliberately undermine traditional families.  “Gay” rights, women’s lib, and no-fault divorce have eroded the stability of the family unit, the primary incubator of character and responsibility.  Meanwhile, the civil rights revolution, Section 8 housing, the outsourcing of manufacturing jobs, and floodgate immigration have undermined the stability of nurturing communities.  Young souls are caught in between these government-induced storms of social reengineering, friendless and rudderless in a hostile, uncertain void. 

Once again, we see that ripping away the norms and values of historic institutions do not liberate people from social constraints, allowing them to achieve an imagined untapped reservoir of creativity—instead, we learn once again that social beings require a caring, healthy society in which to grow.

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2 thoughts on “City without Fathers

  1. Andrew T.

    I was raised by a man who I wouldn’t necessarily call a great father. But I do feel very sorry for someone who was raised with no father at all. It must be devastating. At school, almost unequivocally the troublemakers and street fighters were the ones who didn’t have a relationship with their father (sometimes even worse, both parents) or were moved from household to household.

  2. HarrisonBergeron Post author

    I’ve always felt that it’s better to stick with a kid and fall short in many ways as a role model than to abdicate completely.

    And I think you’re right about the worse kids — without someone at home to knock some sense into them and teach them how to behave like a civilized man, kids, especially boys, go bad — real bad.

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