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Peace in the jungle

Posted: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 | Lonnie Poindexter | Family

Recently I watched a short video clip (see below) of a group of black military veterans in Chicago who took it upon themselves to unite and patrol the streets of their urban community, where there had been repeated gun violence replete with shootings of innocent passersby, including children.

These veterans stand on Chicago's most dangerous street corners to make sure kids get to and from school safely. (via NationSwell) Posted by Upworthy on Monday, March 28, 2016

As these valiant men are shown taking up their posts along the routes where grade school and secondary school children travel to and from school each day, an amazing thing happens: Nothing. The violence and gang activity cease immediately.

You can see the delight and peace come over the children as they gaze up into the paternal eyes that are keeping vigilance as they meander by as children do. It reminds me of my own carefree childhood in a solid, middle class black community in southern California during the early ‘70s.  The only things we worried about then were the latest records, who the cute girls were, and who had a pool where we could swim on those long summer days.

What I see in those children’s eyes is peace and security -- the same peace and security I experienced for all of my childhood, except for a couple of years when gang activity was just starting to bubble to the surface and flow into the outskirts of the Leave it to Beaver land I called home.

What saddens me is for these inner-city children, that feeling of wellbeing is short-lived, as the veterans surely can’t be out there all the time, every day.  Once those men return home to their families and to their jobs, those quiet streets would return to the war zone Chicago is infamous for.

I am reminded of a nature show I saw about a game preserve in Africa where rhinos were frequently being found dead. The cause of the animals’ deaths was perplexing, until one day, several juvenile male elephants were discovered surrounding a rhino and trying to kill it. Consulting with a seasoned game warden at another preserve on what to do, the veteran warden asked, “Where is the bull male elephant?” The animal had been retired, as he could no longer sire offspring, but the veteran warden advised them to put the male back into the preserve. When they did as he requested, do you know what happened? Absolutely nothing happened, as the violence and gang activity ceased immediately.

Obviously there is a correlation to be made in what is happening in inner city Chicago and what took place on that game preserve in Africa. It is no secret that a systemic family breakdown is taking place in urban black America. The national average is approximately 70 percent of black households are single-parent, typically with a female as head of household. In southeast Washington, D.C., that number is an appalling 89 percent. Chicago’s numbers represent the national average.

Dr. Patrick F. Fagan of the Marriage & Religious Research Institute states in the February 2015 MARRI Research Report, “Today, only 17 percent of black teenagers reach age 17 in a family with both their biological parents married. In no state does that percentage exceed 30 percent.”

No social program or amount of money, not even the trillions of dollars already spent on social re-engineering in the 50 plus years of Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society Program (signed into law in 1964), will change what is currently taking place in Chicago and other cities across urban America. The byproduct of liberal ideology is broken families with no paternal influence of any significance.

But what will change this depressing dynamic and heal the community is a return of the father back to his rightful place in the home. Get government out of the business of engineering families, and return to the original blueprint laid out by the Creator of all, our Heavenly Father.

When the bull elephant returns to his rightful place at home and takes charge of the herd, there will be safety and security, and by default, peace in the jungle.