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Chicago’s Mounting Homicide Rate Rooted in Father-Absence

Chicago’s Mounting Homicide Rate Rooted in Father-Absence

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Published by Jeffery M. Leving
The Chicago Media reported that the rising Chicago homicide rate hit a devastating 436 with the death of a father, Carlos Alexander, caught in the cross-fire of gangs.
The Chicago Media reported that the rising Chicago homicide rate hit a devastating 436 with the death of a father, Carlos Alexander, caught in the cross-fire of gangs.

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Published by: Jeffery M. Leving on Nov 13, 2012
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Nov 13, 2012
For Immediate Release
Chicago’s Mounting Homicide Rate Rooted in Father
-Absence
 CHICAGO, IL
Nov 13, 2012 -- The Chicago Media reported that the rising Chicagohomicide rate hit a devastating 436 with the death of a father, Carlos Alexander, caught inthe cross-fire of gangs. The blame is misdirected toward the lack of available Chicago Police
Officers. This isn’ 
t the root cause of the mounting homicide epidemic. The causal connectionis father absence. The correlation between fatherless children and the rate of violence is notsomething to be taken lightly, and will not be corrected by putting more police officers onthe street to act as a band-aid for a much larger social issue.The structure of the family unit is threatened by gender bias and parental alienation that
prevent many good fathers from staying involved in their children’s lives. We must restore
fatherhood as a societal norm in our community to decrease crime. Many fathers do notstand a chance against the gender perception that they lack the ability to care for theirchildren. This flawed belief must be modified through revised social thought and legislativereform to provide them the opportunity to do so. The single strongest predictor of crime inAmerica is father absence, not the amount of police officers on the street.Over half of the homicides in Chicago this year were committed by members of gangscomprised of many fatherless youth. Without the presence of a biological father, a child orteen will instinctively search for guidance from someone who represents a strong leadershiprole. Too frequently, those children will find the guidance they desperately need in streetgangs. The violent culture of gangs builds its membership by feeding off of young fatherless
victims. A boy can’t be what he can’t see.
 In a previous discussion on my radio show with President Barack Obama, he correctly spokeof the need of paternal support in modifying the system. The President stated:
 “The government can help to make sure that we don’t have a disincentive for fathers to be
involved; make sure that our welfare programs for example are designed in such a way that
they don’t penalize fathers participating”.
By allowing fathers to assume their given role as providers and protectors for their children,we can encourage a positive lifestyle guided by responsible parenting. Critical studies havefound that father-absent boys commit far more felonies than did the father-present groups.It is clear that the presence of a father is imperative to the emotional and safe developmentof a child.According to Chicago Media, we have more police officers per capita than Los Angeles and
New York City, and yet, Chicago’s homicide rate is still higher than both major cities. It is
crucial that we do not pacify this problem by simply snipping at the branches by placingmore officers in the field. We need to cut into the roots of the problem and end the socialepidemic of father absenteeism.Records show that this retroactive tactic of increasing the police force will not be thesolution. Just five years ago, the number of Chicago homicides totaled 500. At that time,there were approximately 1,000 more police officers than there are today. As the total

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