Quote of the Day – Rahm Emanuel Edition
“We`ve got two gang bangers, one standing next to a kid. Get away from that kid. Take yourself to the alley, don`t touch the children of the city of Chicago, don`t get near them. And it is about values. As I said then, Scott, who raised you? Where were you raised? And I don`t buy this case where people say they don`t have values. They do have values. They have the wrong values. Don`t come near the kids. Don’t touch them.”
Mayor Emanuel answering a reporter on the fact that more people die in Chicago than in Afghanistan.
A frightening stat isn’t it? For the second time I agree with the mayor. They have the wrong values. But what are the causes of these wrong values? Of course we will never know for sure, but I would venture to say it has something to do with how government behaves.
Most of the gang violence in Chicago is by blacks. So this is being said based only that fact. I would like to know how many of these gang members have been raised in single families. I would venture to say that the vast majority of them have been. From what I have read from many gang members who are jailed or have been rehabilitated themselves, they have said that much of the allure of the gang life is a feeling of family and acceptance. Why do they need a feeling of family? One of the very worst things that the welfare system has done is make the black man virtually irrelevant. Being a single mom is what gives you the best benefits, so sadly many have fallen into that trap.
We have children being raised by single moms who are living around the poverty line. They sometimes need to work long hours, or in some cases have substance abuse problems themselves. They are most likely not well-educated and then we ask why they are raising children that have the wrong values. We then add the fact that many of these young men have few to any positive male role models in their lives. Fathers are pretty scarce in poverty-stricken areas. A very sad state of affairs.
This is part of the price we pay when we dependent on government to solve our problems. The welfare entitlement programs are killing the black family and black men most especially. We, as a society, need to wake up and realize that children growing up in single family homes and depending on government entitlements is a recipe for disaster, one that we see coming to fruition in the streets of Chicago.