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Dorner -- Another Angry Fatherless Black Man With a Gun

McD2004 Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 9:40 AM
Wow, that obvious statement with no qualifying follow-up commentary almost leaves me speechless - note, I said, "almost." Fathers can die at an early age, of course, but does that mean there's NOTHING else that can be done? Oh woe-is-me. Does the father's death abdicate the mother from helping to find positive male mentors for her son(s)? No. There are plenty of males at church to help give their sons a male perspective. What about cousins, uncles or grandfathers? Why absolve them? A father is optimal, but even when he's gone, it still doesn't negate the need for a male example of how to become a strong, positive and productive member of society.
goldilocks Wrote: Feb 17, 2013 1:28 PM
M, you gve the commentary.

There is no replacement for your dad.

Your mother's brother (s) can help.

Church men are no help to anyone.
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...