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Western Governors University
Redrum in Chiraq
Chicago Illinois was founded on August 12, 1833. The then town boasted a population of 350. A short seven years later that number was at 4000 and quickly growing. A flourishing economy of manufacturing, retail, and finance brought residents from rural communities and immigrants from countries abroad. Industry exploded in Chicago during the WWI era bringing African-Americans from southern states and boosting the population to 233,209 by 1930. Fast forward to 2016, 2.7 million people now call Chicago home (Dodge, 2014, CBS). Unfortunately, in the last three years, Chicago has seen a year over year increase in murders. 2014 (395 murders), 2015 (485 murders), and 2016 (762 murders) (Sanburn, Johnson, 2017, Time). These are alarming numbers for an American city that encompasses 234 square miles. Those murder rates are unacceptable for any civilized nation. To fix this problem the roots of its cause must be understood. The main contributing factors to the murder epidemic in Chicago are fatherless homes, a dangerous gang subculture, and failed political leadership.
The foundation of our society is the nuclear family. Children born into a marriage have more stability than children born into fatherless homes. “Children in father-absent homes are almost four times more likely to be poor. In 2011, 12 percent of children in married-couple families were living in poverty, compared to 44 percent of children in mother-only families” (U.S. Census Bureau, 2011, table C8). Children born into a family with committed and married mothers and fathers learn how to seek positive relationships and interact better with others. Faithful spouses set the example of a loving, caring, and supportive environment for their children. There are lifelong benefits when children see their fathers and mothers work together to solve problems, assign household chores, and support each other through the good and bad times in life. Homes with devoted fathers provide financial stability and relationship consistency. In 2008 in a Father’s Day speech on the south side of Chicago President Barack Obama said it best,
“Too many black fathers, are missing from too many lives and too many homes. They have abandoned their responsibilities, acting like boys instead of men. We know the statistics — that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime; nine times more likely to drop out of school and 20 times more likely to end up in prison, they are more likely to have behavioral problems, or run away from home or become teenage parents themselves. And the foundations of our community are weaker because of it" (Saul, 2016, Newsweek).
Fatherless homes in Chicago is the main contributor to high crime rates and astronomical numbers of senseless murders.
The dangerous gang subculture in Chicago is glorified by popular...