“What does epidemic fatherlessness look like?,” queried WFA president Julaine Appling, “It looks like what happened in Milwaukee this past weekend. Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has numerous times talked about how devastating the breakdown of the family unit is, particularly in communities like Milwaukee,” she answers. “When fathers are absent, especially in the lives of boys growing up in an inner city environment, crime—including violent crime—typically escalates. Boys in a unique way need their fathers to show them how real men act, how they resolve differences, how they treat women and how they provide for those they love.
“Today in Milwaukee, 80% of the babies are born to single moms. In many cases, these children will grow up never knowing who their father is, let alone having any relationship with him. This will pretty well doom them to poverty and will negatively impact virtually every aspect of their lives. We must begin restoring a culture of marriage and family everywhere, but especially in our inner cities.”