The Fatherless Effect

From:,  by Trevor Thomas,  on Jul 31, 2016,  see the article HERE.

Black family the way it used to be

If we had more of THIS, we wouldn’t have so many black youth in trouble.

Over the last several months – and especially the last few weeks – much has been made of the “Ferguson effect.”  The phenomenon is now so widely discussed that it has its own Wikipedia page (though I wouldn’t suggest visiting it for an explanation).  St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson coined the phrase in November of 2014, but Heather Mac Donald popularized it in a Wall Street Journal op-ed in 2015.  In early 2016, she again described the Ferguson effect:

Since the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., in August 2014, the conceit that American policing is lethally racist has dominated media and political discourse, from the White House on down. Cops in minority neighborhoods in Chicago and other cities have responded by backing away from pedestrian stops and public-order policing; criminals are flourishing in the vacuum.

In other words, because of the lies of liberals, many American policemen have taken their nightsticks and their nine-millimeters out of some of the most dangerous areas in the U.S., and criminals are taking full advantage.  As I pointed out a couple of weeks ago, given that black Americans typically live in the most dangerous parts of our nation, it is black Americans who are suffering the most from police disengagement from “discretionary enforcement activity.”

The current political and moral climate in the U.S. demands that we give more attention to the grave issue of the absence of fathers among black children.  Out-of-wedlock births in the U.S. are at historic highs, and the vast majority of black children in America are born to single mothers.  And just as criminal gangs and other undesirables fill the void of absent police officers in American neighborhoods, the same thing happens – but on a much larger and more destructive scale – when fathers are absent from the family.

There are over 100 cities in the U.S. – from Atlanta to Utica – with populations north of 50,000 in which more than half of the households are headed by single parents.  The vast majority of these households are led by single moms.  These cities are the most dangerous places in the U.S.  Given the rate of black out-of-wedlock births, and with most black Americans living in large U.S. cities (about 75%), millions of American black children are growing up fatherless in the most crime-ridden places in America.

Among many other sad outcomes, fatherlessness is one of the leading predictors of future criminal activity.  Children living with their married biological parents are the least likely to commit criminal acts.  On the other hand, children from single-parent homes (almost always without a father) are “more likely to … engage in questionable behavior, struggle academically, and become delinquent.  Problems with children from fatherless families can continue into adulthood. These children are three times more likely to end up in jail by the time they reach age 30 than are children raised in intact families, and have the highest rates of incarceration in the United States.”

As the breakdown of the family has been hotly debated in the U.S. for years now, you’ve almost certainly heard the above stats before.  However, long before the rampant disintegration of the family in America began, researchers were revealing what common sense and sound morality always knew.  As authors Kevin and Karen Wright point out:

Research into the idea that single-parent homes may produce more delinquents dates back to the early 19th century. … [O]fficials at New York State’s Auburn Penitentiary, in an attempt to discern the causes of crime, studied the biographies of incarcerated men. Reports to the legislature in 1829 and 1830 suggested that family disintegration resulting from the death, desertion, or divorce of parents led to undisciplined children who eventually became criminals.

Fatherlessness is the single greatest cause of poverty in the U.S.  As Robert Rector pointed out years ago, “[b]eing raised in a married family reduced a child’s probability of living in poverty by about 80 percent.”  In order to further their big-government agenda, modern liberals often point to education as the answer to poverty in America.  However, marriage is a far better weapon against poverty than is education.  Again, as Rector points out, “being married has the same effect in reducing poverty that adding five to six years to a parent’s level of education has.”  In addition, a child living in a single-parent home where the parent is a college graduate is nearly twice as likely to live in poverty as a child living with their married parents whose highest level of education is completing high school.

Marriage provides the safest environment for children.  In addition to being much more likely to live in crime-ridden communities, children born to single moms face much more danger inside the home than do children living with their married parents.  As marripedia points out:

  • The rate of physical abuse is 3 times higher in the single parent family.
  • The rate of physical abuse is 4 times higher if mother is cohabiting with the child’s biological father (unmarried).
  • The rate of physical abuse is 5 times higher if the child is living in a married step family.
  • The rate of physical abuse is 10 times higher if the mother is cohabiting with a boyfriend.

The rates for sexual abuse are even worse than physical abuse:

  • The rate of sexual abuse is 5 times higher in the single parent family and when both biological parents are cohabiting (i.e. unmarried).
  • The rate of sexual abuse is 8.6 times higher if the child is living in a married step family.
  • The rate of sexual abuse is 20 times higher if the mother is cohabiting with a boyfriend.

Contrary to popular belief, the most likely physical abuser of a child in a single-parent home is the mother.  Because they lack the financial, emotional, and other support of a husband and a father in the home, single moms are more likely to experience anger, impatience, anxiety, and feelings of helplessness.  Additionally, single moms are more likely to be depressed and feel rejected by their children than are women who have husbands.

As tragic as the outcomes of the Ferguson effect are, the fatherless effect is much more wide-ranging, common, and deadly in American society.  The good news: if we solve the fatherless effect, there is not even an opportunity to experience the Ferguson effect.

Trevor Grant Thomas: At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason. Trevor is the author of the newly released The Miracle and Magnificence of America.


This fatherless problem has profound implications. As the statistics in the article show, the acceptance of out-of-wedlock mothers and men who refuse to be responsible fathers to their offspring, are a form of racial genocide of blacks in America. Contrary to racial activists who try to blame black problems on white people, white people are not the cause. Crime, poverty, and hopelessness in the black community is not good for any of us and I don’t know a single white person who wouldn’t prefer to see married mothers giving birth to a child brought into a loving family with a mom and a dad. It used to be that way and I’m old enough to remember it.

Black folks need to take responsibility for the root causes of these problems in the black community. White people can’t solve the problem, government can’t solve the problem. Today’s single mothers are the only ones who can stop this descent into oblivion for blacks. The black community, as a whole, needs to stop accepting unmarried mothers and multiple abortions as “normal” – both used to be ostracized and that alone kept the numbers down. Black men need to grow some cojones and take responsibility for the children that they father. Kids need a dad as much as they need a mother – for different reasons to be sure, but the current “experiment” of irresponsible biological fathers who are present only for the conception and promptly disappear and the women whose only profession becomes baby-making machines cannot continue.

Deep down, thoughtful blacks know that these conditions are not positive ones for blacks, they know that black children today won’t have the opportunities available to them without a loving family supporting them. Children need discipline at times, they need someone to ensure that they get educated, and most of all, they need parents to pass on to them a sense of personal responsibility and respect for others. Without parents, they turn to the street gangs for support and end up accepting them as “family.”

This situation is like a runaway train, barreling down the tracks with no one at the controls. Left unattended, it will destroy blacks in this country, and bring down the country as well. I pray that responsible blacks will find a way to stop the momentum and reverse the trend.



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10 replies

  1. Great article!
    There is an abundance presence of positive father – absence in the “Black Community” in particular.
    The effects of fathers absence often times are unrecognized, misidentified & mistreated, as it relates to how we react/ respond to the unwanted behaviors our children/relatives display.

    Even though the popular trending phrase ” Black Lives Matter” that has grown beyond that. However! The question that arises from the “BLM” trend is, Black Lives Matter to who? Only We The People of this community can answer it through our actions with each other. Family, community then nation. Look at the stats for fatherless children vs. Childrenless fathers and you will see how it favors the Fatherless Children. One out of three children live with their biological fathers – Child Support is a Multi Billion Dollar Industry that coerce fathers to consign for “child welfare gov’t. loans” (welfare, section -8, etc.).
    Childless Fathers fighting to be fathers usually don’t have a fighting chance to prevent father absence.


    • “The effects of fathers absence often times are unrecognized, misidentified & mistreated, as it relates to how we react/ respond to the unwanted behaviors our children/relatives display.”

      Very true. It gets downplayed because people don’t want to be judged for being irresponsible when it comes to bringing children into the world out of wedlock.

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      • “Some Fatherless Children & Childrenless Fathers are depravity coerced into this condition which gets stereotypically downplayed for monetary reasons. Child Support has become a Multimillion Dollar INDUSTRY! . . . AN INDUSTRY!!! Those Dads that fight to be dads Should not be included in the Fatherless Children stats or the Deadbeat Dads category because they are responsible.


      • My heart goes out to the dads who want to be involved with their children but are hindered at doing so. It is the children who pay the biggest price, just as children pay the biggest price in situations where fathers are absent by choice.


  2. Great article, Garnet.

    IMO the culture that’s developed and been rewarded in the inner-city, black communities is long past the point where there can be any hope of reasoning with people to correct it themselves. The cycle of poverty, single-parenthood, violence, prison, and – most importantly – the acceptance of all this as normal, has been a well-known fact for decades now and what is the liberals’ answer to this problem? Black Lives Matter. Yes, that’s the ticket. Stop policing these areas. And give them more welfare.

    I’m tired of hearing black mothers from inner cities cry about the conditions their children live in. MOVE! And for Pete’s sake learn how to use birth control or press a book between your knees and keep it there! It’s time to stop hoping these people will wake up and take the initiative to change their lives. Tough love is what’s needed at this point. No more welfare. If you chase police out, you live with the criminals – period. No more welfare for single moms. If you can’t raise your kids we take them away, and hopefully they’ll be raised in a different culture with traditional norms and they’ll start a new path for new generations. Support yourself or starve. Those are your two options.

    Of course, none of this is possible if we don’t get the damn liberals out of the way of what needs to be done. That’s the first step. Vote them OUT.


    • It’s obvious to any thinking person that there isn’t an “easy” solution to the problem. While I’d love to see your suggestions implemented (cur off welfare, etc.), that will be taken as, and protested against as, white people oppressing the poor black population and that’ll further feed the “us against them” gulf. There HAS to be a spark of recognition within reasonable blacks themselves that they are (at least partially) to blame before they will begin to change what is accepted. I don’t believe that the current status quo can continue indefinitely or eventually there will be a race war.

      I’m fed up with BLM, protesters, riots, etc. as tools of the racist black activists. They’re being coddled “to keep the peace” which only leads them to believe that eventually they’ll win what they want. I was just reading a new article that reports that the NY police commissioner resigned and that’s being touted by the BLM people as a win. They’re demanding that the NYPD be disbanded – DISBANDED. How STUPID can these people get?

      We need to stop giving “free rein” to these protests and their anarchist leadership – it’s not really about black lives, it’s about political power and control and wimpy liberals chock full of white guilt are willing participants.


  3. The lack of black fathers has a huge impact on the kids’ lives, but the lack of husbands affects the moms as well. Many of them are hooked on drugs in efforts to cope with their poor choices, and the focus for many of them is locating the next sugar daddy – hopefully one that will stay. With these things on their minds, the kids get even less of their attention, which was already diminished by the lack of a father figure.

    I overheard a conversation where a convenience store clerk was telling another clerk how good the latest boyfriend had been to her kids and all the stuff he’d bought for them. Even though he wasn’t her ideal mate she was keeping him around because he had a job and was useful to her. Sad reasons for wrong choices.


    • Of course you’re right. It takes a family to raise a child (NOT a village). I don’t know whether the primary fault is with the moms or “dads” but it seems to me that if a man fathers a child, it is his responsibility to nurture it, financially, emotionally, and with love. The bond between man and woman is different and having been divorced myself, I can understand when a man and woman just can’t live together (without committing murder). But, it is worthwhile to consider whether it’s better to stay together “for the sake of the children” (the way it used to be) or to sever the marriage – again for the “sake of the children.” In the event of divorce, that still requires that the dad remains committed to the kids, financially and emotionally. I think that’s the part that is most missing in the black community today.


  4. Stephen Baskerville wrote, “Taken Into Custody.” An exlcellent expose into a lot of the courtroom drama that is literally shreading families. And he still posts related articles.
    Of course it didn’t come out until several years after my own event.
    I also happened to watch some kinda docu-history show going back into the 19th century where liberals were forcing married indians apart under the pretext of better educating the children, without the burden of their native language.
    Yeah. Hurray liberals.
    Anyway, they didn’t use the same approach for black or white poor families. They just showed them how to claim abuse & get on welfare and get paid for not going to work. Just like them fancy middle class white folks, you could stay at home, not have to work, not even have to take care of a husband.
    Anchor babies are for various reasons. A lot are for the immigrants just to get affixiated here with children to be supported while waiting & waiting for the papers to ever become legal. But that doesn’t matter. As long as they claim abuse, you better believe this, they will get the whole platter of social services available. And for Asians, getting on welfare here is better than a hard life there.
    But for the poor folks here, they gotta do extra. They gotta get a man who makes good money so they can make the courts to let her spend it herself for herself. The kids, no problem. There’s a lot of places to get free clothes, school supplies, medicaid, food lines, and you name it. Those baby makers don’t have to spend much on them, not even time with them. Just put ’em in day care & claim they’re looking for work, but ooops, they just get knocked up again. Maybe this time that fella makes more money.
    Then, the whole Family Court Industry is every bit as corrupt as ObombUs and HillaryUs combined. It is an industry of lawyers, advocates, expert witnesses, psych-docs, and all related services to keep those children apart from the fathers.
    You want to be with your child(ren), how much can you afford to be with them?
    Generations of children raised w/o fathers and then they don’t even know how to be proper fathers or mothers. All they know is poverty, gov’t hand outs and gang life.
    And every election cycle it’s the same schpeel again and again. Those republicans are going to take everything away from you. You’ll have to go back to work if you don’t vote for me. Don’t be no uncle Tom now, you vote for us and keep your (sorry arses) sweet little checks coming in.

    (Well, enough for now)


    • The end result of this mishandling of our children is that they don’t grow up to be responsible adults. Between the baby-machine moms, the irresponsible “dads” and the bureaucratic child services morass that honorable people must deal with, it’s a wonder that any responsible adults ever make it out of these dysfunctional family situations at all. I maintain that this is the result of liberal indoctrination of the 60’s and later that accepted an “anything goes” mindset.

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