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Dorner -- Another Angry Fatherless Black Man With a Gun

du2 Wrote: Feb 16, 2013 1:30 PM
con't: There are some children that do develop different kinds of detachment, or compartmentalizing, depending on what they get early from their parents. I actually lost BOTH my parents by age 15 and I realized I had a higher level of maturity and discipline than most of my peers. Better manners, like my father, that impressed the adults. A woman that knew my father as a boy, said that it was his 'princely manners' that got him a lot of places. The hoodlums were on their own. Whether the primary parent is a father or mother, personal comportment will matter to an adult willing to FILL the void. Good parents, attract good surrogates. A lot of the boys who knew my father, went on successfully because of his guidance.
My new book, "Dear Father, Dear Son," talks about the No. 1 social problem in America -- children growing up without fathers.

In 1965, Daniel Patrick Moynihan wrote "The Negro Family: A Case for National Action." At the time, 25 percent of blacks were born outside of wedlock, a number that the future Democratic senator from New York said was catastrophic to the black community.

Moynihan wrote: "A community that allows a large number of young men to grow up in broken homes, dominated by women, never acquiring any stable relationship to male authority, never acquiring any rational expectations about the...