Marybeth Hicks

The gangs in Chicago reflect wrong values, as do the cyberbullies in America’s suburbs, and the vast majority of teens who admit to cheating on tests, and the plurality of college students who report that their moral choices are made largely on the basis of their emotions.

Our children aren’t learning right from wrong because in America, that has become a moving target — something you can choose for yourself, based on your own sense of morality. Mr. Emanuel’s comments seem to indicate he thinks there is still such a thing as a moral absolute; such as, “One absolutely does not conduct gang shootings while standing next to children.”

Seems like that ought to be a given, right?

So what’s the answer to Mr. Emanuel’s question? Just who is raising the gangbangers of Chicago?

The short and uncomfortable reality: generations of single mothers and grandmothers and great-grannies and well-meaning aunties and plenty of social workers, but no men. No husbands. No fathers, whose role in moral development is vital to a civil society.

The black family in America has been decimated by social engineers who believe they know better how to uplift and support the urban poor, and even liberal Rahm Emanuel is now, perhaps, noticing that such efforts do not instill a moral compass.

That’s not a job for the government, or the community or for the “Village.” That’s the job for parents, and sadly, it’s not getting done.

Marybeth Hicks

Marybeth Hicks is the author of Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left's Assault on Our Families, Faith, and Freedom (Regnery Publishers, 2011).