NRO’s Lee Habeeb posted an excellent article today entitled The War Against Black Men in which he addresses the actual disease which afflicts the black community* in Chicago and other urban areas (fatherlessness), instead of simply paying lip service to one of its many symptoms (rampant gun violence).
I was very fortunate to grow up as black child who had the greatest of role models to look up to in my father (as well as both of my grandfathers), and I do not take that fact for granted. The issue of fatherlessness in the black community has long been a topic that simultaneously angers and saddens me whenever I consider it. Many of us have often debated the extensive flaws of 1960s-era liberal policies, and to my admittedly youthful eye, the specific deterioration of the black family has been one of the most damaging – not only to the black community itself, but to our nation as a whole.
On several occasions, I’ve heard and read Conservative Godfather™ Thomas Sowell (a man for whom I have the utmost respect) and others discuss the once vibrant communities of Harlem and other “black” neighborhoods, and it pains me to consider what our culture and our nation could have looked like had we maintained our fidelity to championing the traditional nuclear family. These used to be places of rich culture and true community, not the illusory “community” that is now so often alluded to by the Left in its attempt to have everyone fall in line.
This is by no means simply a “black” problem, as socioeconomic status and familial status have many ties that bind one to the other. But the state of the black community paints an important picture. Leftist rhetoric regarding its desire to address the plight of the black community stands in stark contrast to the numerous problems that Leftist policies have actually wrought in their wake. But as we all know, bureaucrats on both sides of the aisle are often shielded from suffering political consequences from their poor, and often dangerous, decisions made with the “best of intentions.”
Mr. Habeeb hits the nail on the head when he says, “Chicago doesn't have a gun problem; it has a father problem." Indeed.
*I hesitate to use the term “black community” here since it only reinforces the false narrative that black people are one big homogeneous group that thinks, acts, and speaks alike. Although one may think otherwise from our misguided (in my opinion) voting record, such is not the case. However, I use the term here with that caveat due to my inability to address such nuance at length in this short post.