Twelve years ago, in her 2009 book “Guilty: Liberal ‘Victims’ and Their Assault on America,” conservative author Ann Coulter proposed exactly that in a chapter called “Victim of a Crime? Thank a Single Mother” and received immediate and lasting media black eyes.
It wasn’t that Coulter didn’t do her statistical homework. She documented that children raised in single-mother homes “are five times more likely to commit suicide, nine times more likely to drop out of high school, 10 times more likely to abuse chemical substances, 14 times more likely to commit rape (for the boys), 20 times more likely to end up in prison, and 32 times more likely to run away from home.”
It wasn’t that Coulter blamed divorced, separated, and widowed women, who often are victims of circumstance, in her indictment; she confined her wrath to those who choose to be a single mother.
No, Coulter’s problem was that stating the truth was a micro-aggression. It was mean and hurt people’s feelings, yelled the women on “The View”–in unison–when she appeared on the show.
Yet, Coulter wasn’t alone in her sociological audacity and its result.
“Mentioning the cultural catastrophe brought about by single-parent households may be ‘insensitive,’” read an editorial in the News and Record, “but ignoring the source of the problem will solve nothing.”
Scientific research confirms the correlations. continue…