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The real war: Against black men – young and fatherless

Lee Habeeb writes at

chicago-crimeThe date was January 12, 2013. You probably didn’t hear about this tragedy involving guns and two teenage boys. But this was the headline in the Chicago Tribune: “Boys, 14 and 15, killed in separate shootings Friday.” You didn’t hear about it because such events aren’t news in Chicago. They’re ordinary daily occurrences. As we continue to hear calls for ever-tightening gun laws from the Obama administration, and from states such as New York, it is worth thinking about those headlines in Chicago. And in inner cities all around America, places where strict gun laws are already in place. Places where the weapon of choice isn’t an AR-15 but a semiautomatic handgun — the same kind of weapon most Americans use reasonably, and safely, to secure their most precious assets: their loved ones and their property.

So let’s go back to that wretched January 12 story from Chicago, President Obama’s hometown. The murdered 14-year-old had a name, Rey Durante. He was gunned down by two shooters while standing on the porch of his Humboldt Park home. The two men opened fire, according to news accounts, near midnight, striking him multiple times in the chest.

When paramedics arrived on the scene, he was lying just inside his home, bleeding from several bullet wounds. He died there. Police found blood all over the front steps and more than half a dozen shell casings on the sidewalk. He would have turned 15 in a few days, his stepmother told reporters.

On the sidewalk near the crime scene, a local paper reported, the father of one of the boy’s friends cried as he paced near a group of teenagers. When a neighbor asked him what had happened, his response was simple — and heartbreaking.

“A little boy just got murdered,” he said. …

Twenty children and six adults were killed in Newtown, Conn., last month, and the media quickly, and justifiably, descended to tell the tragic story. In the first few weeks of January in Chicago, 25 people have already been murdered. Most were young black and Hispanic men, murdered by other young black and Hispanic men.

In Chicago, it’s Newtown every month. But the media haven’t converged on Chicago this month.

You don’t know the names of those kids and adults gunned down in Chicago this January, all by handguns. … You don’t know their names, and the national media haven’t parked their media trucks in Chicago, because the liberal narrative does not offer easy answers to the problems haunting Chicago.

You don’t know their names because the real racism that exists in the media is this: A young black male’s life is not worth reporting when it is taken by another black male.

You don’t know the names because the media don’t or can’t blame the deaths in Chicago on a weapon like the AR-15, or on the NRA.

You don’t know their names because the media aren’t interested in getting at the real cause of much of the senseless gun violence in America: fatherlessness. …

So why don’t the media focus on the epidemic of fatherlessness in our inner cities and on the tragic consequences for boys? The mostly white liberal editors and gatekeepers of the mainstream media would never admit that liberal policies of the 1960s have had disastrous consequences. They won’t admit that government can’t replace the essential role that marriage and family plays in raising, disciplining, and loving children. …

In a column last year in the Wall Street Journal, Juan Williams cited a comprehensive study by the Justice Department in 2005 on the subject that he said should have been a “clarion call” for the black community and the nation at large.

Almost one half of the nation’s murder victims that year were black, and a majority of them were between the ages of 17 and 29. … That’s right. Almost half of murder victims in the entire country are black males and, all too often, young black males. And nine out of ten of those young black men were killed by other young black men.

So much for the war on women, a narrative the media sold relentlessly in the run-up to the November election. The real war in America is on men, and black men in particular.

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Lee Habeeb is vice president of content at Salem Radio Network.


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5 thoughts on “The real war: Against black men – young and fatherless

  1. Reblogged this on Curated Links For and commented:
    The sad reality of gunned down youth in urban America

  2. Opinionated Man on said:

    Ok… but even people without fathers CAN know right from wrong. I am from a city as bad as yours, Memphis, TN, and it isn’t fatherlessness that is causing the voilence… it is young black males causing the violence. Finding a different reason, or call it a different name, doesn’t change the fact that the crime level is created mainly by that one demographic.

    • I think there’s hardly ever one factor that alone causes a problem. Fatherlessness is a major factor, but the problem is compounded by a whole host of other issues: hopelessness, alienation from God, breakdown of family and community, unemployment and idleness, addictions, etc. A culture is created where the conscience is muffled by a voice that says, “Yeah, but this is just the way it is. You need to get what you can while you can, anyway you can.” And that’s not limited to the urban ghetto.

      A lot of it can be countered by mentoring, which is a substitute for fathering, but in the final analysis people still make choices. Way too many will always choose what’s easier and what feels good right now. A young man can have a fine father and still choose laziness and wickedness. The only real improvement begins with a change of heart.

      • Opinionated Man on said:

        Now that last line I agree with, the heart is where change begins. An insightful post, cheers.

  3. Pingback: Inner Cities : Most Crime , Fewest Fathers , Coincidence ? « YouViewed/Editorial

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