The most destabilizing factor in the black community is black fatherlessness. No other single issue has impacted the modern black family like absentee fathers. The presence and leadership of black fathers are so critical to the development of black children and black families that struggling black fathers are much better than none. The undebatable importance of fathers is seen when you consider that fatherlessness is the common denominator in the following outcomes:
- 63% of youth suicides
- 90% of all homeless and runaway children
- 85% of all children with behavior issues
- 80% of rapists
- 71% of dropouts
- 75% of drug abusers
- 85% of all youths in prison
What’s more, children in single-parent families were nearly four times more likely to be poor than children in married- couple families in 2012 according to a Children’s Defense Fund 2014 report.
The Moynihan Report
In the sixties, the late Senator Daniel Moynihan published the infamous “The Negro Family: The Case for National Action” report where he warned that fatherlessness would become the largest threat to the black family. Many black professionals excoriated Moynihan for this report, calling him racist for overlooking slavery’s insidious role in the destabilization of the black nuclear family. However, when Moynihan published his report single women led 20% of black families whereas today, the percentage has exploded to 70%, and it’s still growing. The corresponding incidents of social and economic disadvantages for blacks have increased simultaneously with the dramatic rise of single parent black families. In hindsight, Moynihan was right, his report now seems prophetic and prescient.
Why Was Moynihan’s Report So On Point?
In the Bible, God assigned fathers the duty of protecting and providing for their children and family. Evil forces such as drugs, gangs, delinquency, poverty and so forth have a difficult time, therefore, successfully attacking black boys when their fathers are in place and taking appropriate action. Conversely, when their fathers are missing in action, the devil easily destroys black boys. You could say: God designed and established the family on the backs of men. Therefore, there’s no wonder, as Moynihan warned, that black boys from single parent families struggle in life.
Notwithstanding the facts about fatherlessness, it would be remiss of me to ignore the anecdotes of single black moms who reared and are raising successful children. We should laud these exceptional women for their accomplishment. Nevertheless, most, if not all, of these mothers would likely admit that the two-parent traditional family is the best arrangement for the children and family. If not, our Creator Father, would not have created man and woman, and united them in holy matrimony.
What Are The Solutions
The solutions to black fatherlessness are rather simple. First, black men and women should refrain from sexual intercourse until and unless they are married. God made sex for the marriage covenant. Second, if men and women foolishly disregard God’s prohibition against premarital sex, they should use contraception at least. Never should they abort or terminate their pregnancies because abortion is murder according to the Bible. Third, if a child is born out-of-wedlock, both parents should firmly commit to rearing the child in the nearest arrangement to a loving traditional two-parent family as possible.
The greatest solution for black children in single parent families is reunification with their fathers where feasible. If reunification is unfeasible, the void of an absentee father may be partially filled by connecting the child with men who are willing to be surrogate fathers or big brothers.