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The Importance of Fathers

In the past 50 years, births to mothers who are unmarried rose enormously from the average being slightly under 10% to nearly 40% (National Center for Health Statistics). The percentage of children under 18 who were living with an unmarried mother also increased substantially (U.S. Census Bureau).

This is alarming when multiple studies have found that an active fatherhood role not only reduced the frequency of behavioral problems and psychological problems in young women, but it also had a positive effect on cognitive development, along with decreasing delinquency and economic disadvantage in low-income families.

National Center for Health StatisticsIn the past 50 years, births to mothers who are unmarried rose enormously from the average being slightly under 10% to nearly 40%.

Society enjoys being upset. People are always complaining that police are overly aggressive towards African Americans with 37% of the prison population being black while only representing 12.5% of the American population. However, these people who are first in line for complaining never seem to want to do anything. I’ll tell you what we need to do, fix the nuclear family inside the black community. With the average rate of births to mothers who are unmarried being 40%, African Americans have a 72% rate. African Americans also have nearly a 25% lead in percentage of children under 18 who are living with an unmarried mother versus the average. This correlation between lack of fathers and imprisonment rates implies that there may be a link.

This link is corroborated by the fact that 70% of youths in state-operated institutions come from fatherless homes – 9 times the average (U.S. Dept. of Justice)- and that 85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes (Fulton Co. Georgia, Texas Dept. of Correction). However, fatherless homes suffer other disadvantages as well. 63% of youth suicides are from a fatherless home, which is 5 times greater than the average. 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes, which is 32 times greater than the average!

More negative effects that a fatherless home can have on people can be found at https://thefatherlessgeneration.wordpress.com/statistics/. So based on all these statistics and facts, I propose that one of the greatest problems facing America is fatherlessness. And that, as a society, we should vote for a president who cares about this issue.

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