The Garbage GenerationDaniel AmneusI INTRODUCTION:
THE PATHOLOGY OF THE FEMALE-HEADED FAMILY
"Women," wrote Ramsey Clark in l970, in his celebrated book Crime in America, "arenot a threat to the public." But he also wrote, in discussing the male juvenile criminalswho are a threat to the public, that "three-fourths came from broken homes." That meansmostly female-headed homes. That means that while the single mothers of these criminalsdo not themselves commit crimes and go to prison, the socialization they give their children has an extraordinarily high correlation with the male crime of the nextgeneration. This socialization, in fact, is the "root cause of crime" which Clark wrote his book to explore. He had found the explanation he sought and he didn't know it. It wasconcealed by the generation-long time-lag between cause and effect and by the sex-switch between generations: like hemophilia, crime is manifested in males but carriedand transmitted by females--or rather by single females. Instead of seeing the trueconnection, Clark gave his readers this:If we are to deal meaningfully with crime, what must be seen is the dehumanizing effecton the individual of slums, racism, ignorance and violence, of corruption and impotenceto fulfill rights, of poverty and unemployment and idleness, of generations of malnutrition, of congenital brain damage and prenatal neglect, of sickness and disease, of pollution, of decrepit, dirty, ugly, unsafe, overcrowded housing, of alcoholism andnarcotics addiction, of avarice, anxiety, fear, hatred, hopelessness and injustice. These arethe fountainheads of crime. Not so. If we are to deal meaningfully with crime, what must be seen is its relationshipwith the female-headed family. Most criminals come from female-headed families. Mostgang members come from female-headed families. Most addicts come from female-headed families. Most rapists come from female-headed families. Most educationalfailures come from female-headed families. Every presidential assassin before Hinckleycame from a female-headed family or one in which he had an impossibly bad relationshipwith his father. Most illegitimate births occur to females who themselves grew up infemale-headed families.