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Ghetto parenting dooms kids
Chicago Sun Times ^ | July 6, 2010 | Mary Mitchell

Posted on 07/08/2010 7:29:14 PM PDT by iowamark

Deck stacked against those who were raised by the streets.

The horrible death of Eric Morse, the 5-year-old boy who was dropped from a CHA building in 1994, became a metaphor for the horrors of urban living.

The ages of the boy's killers, 10 and 11, compounded the tragedy, as did the fact that Eric's half-brother, Derrick Lemon, was in the 14th-floor apartment when his brother was dropped to his death. » Click to enlarge image Mary Mitchell

Derrick was 8 years old, unable to protect his younger brother from his tormenters even before the killers took him to the apartment at 3833 South Langley in the Clarence Darrow Homes.

Now, 16 years later, what has become of Derrick Lemon could be a metaphor for the horrors of ghetto parenting.

I know some of you will be offended by my word choice. But ghetto parenting is the only phrase that can describe what is going on.

Ghetto parenting is cursing around, and at, a child.

Ghetto parenting is brawling with your man or your woman in front of your child.

Ghetto parenting is letting your child roam the streets until somebody else's mother has to tell the child to go home.

Ghetto parenting is putting your child off on friends and relatives because you want to hang out in the street.

Ghetto parenting is getting so hooked on substances that the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has to remove your children and place them with strangers.

This is how a child who was a victim of ghetto parenting can turn out.

Last week, the 23-year-old Lemon was found guilty of murdering Illya Glover, his aunt's 40-year-old boyfriend, in 2006.

The dead man had tried to stop Lemon from choking the aunt at a family barbecue. Lemon shot him several times.

And it gets worse.

Earlier this year, Lemon was also charged with home invasion and intimidating a witness to the murder.

I can only imagine the nightmares Lemon must have had after his brother's death, but his future was already in jeopardy before he was caught in a national glare.

In a follow-up article that was published in 1997, the Chicago Tribune reported Eric and Derrick's mother, Toni Morse, was a drug addict whose parental rights were being terminated.

"Morse's seven living children reside in foster homes, with relatives or in shelters, all having been abandoned by their mother or taken into protective custody by the state; including Eric, three tested positive for drugs at birth," according to the Tribune.

Lemon went to live with Toni Morse's father, Alvin Bush.

"It is kind of strange to me for a mother to leave her kids, period," Bush said.

According to the article, "the Morse children lived a transient life" and it wasn't clear who was supposed to be watching them that day.

While it appears that the state, which provided counseling, and Lemon's grandparents tried to redirect his fate, there's no indication that his own mother did anything other than sue the Chicago Housing Authority.

Here is a mother who failed her children in every way.

Yet, she was awarded a $2.175 million settlement from the CHA, and another $800,000 from the Digby's Detective and Security Agency Inc.

How ironic is that?

Toni Morse's lawyers argued that the blame for Eric Morse's death was shared by the CHA, the detective agency and the realty group that failed to keep the doors and windows of the vacant apartment boarded up.

But there was no advocate for Eric Morse or Derrick Lemon.

There was no one to argue that the biggest share of the blame belonged to the mother who allowed her young sons to wander around the notoriously dangerous housing project unsupervised.

No one to point out that leaving the 8-year-old to protect the 5-year-old was tantamount to neglect.

No one to say straight out that had Toni Morse fulfilled her obligation to parent her children, Eric Morse would not have ended up in that apartment.

Instead of being held accountable, Toni Morse might as well have won the lottery.

Lemon got half of the settlement. The rest of the money was split among Lemon's mother, a sister and a brother.

But the blood money was not enough to change Lemon's destiny.

Only repentance and redemption could have done that.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: greatsociety; marymitchell

Mary Mitchell
1 posted on 07/08/2010 7:29:16 PM PDT by iowamark
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She could have said: “Democrat parenting dooms kids”


2 posted on 07/08/2010 7:30:08 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark

what are MAry Mitchell’s politics? is she an Obammy supporter?

How can she reconcile those two opposing positions then


3 posted on 07/08/2010 7:33:03 PM PDT by Mr. K (Physically unable to proofread- I swear I try!)
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To: iowamark

kyrie eleison


4 posted on 07/08/2010 7:38:06 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: iowamark
Yes. I blame democrats for much of this behavior. Did these types of things, and to this degree, happen 3 or more generations ago? Or was it that it never made the news?

In my opinion, I believe the parenting and family values were stronger prior to the 1960’s welfare laws. We are now into the 3rd plus generation of the welfare state, and it has bred a nightmare.

Once we started the culture of unmarried welfare moms, we set off a never ending downward spiral in values across the country. I don't think there is a way to turn it around, either. The democrats would fight every measure of reform because this is their voting base.

5 posted on 07/08/2010 7:43:58 PM PDT by Swede Girl
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To: Mr. K

Betcha she just loves Chicago and wouldn’t live anywhere else ...unless she’s already moved to the suburbs.


6 posted on 07/08/2010 7:44:29 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: Swede Girl

I agree with you. When we removed the stigma and shame from being an unwed mother, and then paid her to have and keep her baby, all was lost.

Bleeding heart liberals were more concerned with the poor unwed mother’s feelings than the havoc that would be unleashed on society.

They never ask what’s best for society. They only care about the feelings and self esteem of the individual.


7 posted on 07/08/2010 7:54:49 PM PDT by GrannyAnn
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To: Swede Girl

We called this “learned poverty” and left Chicago back in the 70’s. There were already multi-generational welfare families back then.


8 posted on 07/08/2010 7:57:55 PM PDT by ScoopAmma (We are led by the Resident -in Chief; aka part-time member of Webelo Troop 44)
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To: iowamark

Mary Mitchell is Obama. very left. Once in a while she’ll get it right.


9 posted on 07/08/2010 7:59:31 PM PDT by ChiMark
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To: iowamark

Paragraphs are our friends. We have lots of friends.


10 posted on 07/08/2010 8:02:57 PM PDT by MARTIAL MONK (I'm waiting for the POP!)
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To: All
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11 posted on 07/08/2010 8:08:11 PM PDT by Cyber Ninja (Rebuke, Renounce, Repeal, Repeat,...)
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To: iowamark

“Writers” incapable of organizing their thoughts into paragraphs have a lot of nerve calling themselves “writers”.


12 posted on 07/08/2010 8:08:15 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Hail To The Fail-In-Chief)
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To: iowamark

Racist!


13 posted on 07/08/2010 8:08:50 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 530 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: iowamark

She could have said: “Democrat parenting dooms kids”
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Yup!..or you could write a book...”It takes a Village”


14 posted on 07/08/2010 8:11:49 PM PDT by M-cubed
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To: null and void
You forgot the animated graphic


15 posted on 07/08/2010 8:15:30 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: Mr. K
what are MAry Mitchell’s politics? is she an Obammy supporter?

She's a black woman working for the Chicago Sun Times. Of course she's a screaming left wing Obama supporting lunatic. Give her a couple of days. She'll find a way to blam this on Bush.

16 posted on 07/08/2010 8:19:45 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: M-cubed

We don’t need a book...they wrote the “White Paper” on this almost 50 yrs ago:
http://www.dol.gov/oasam/programs/history/webid-meynihan.htm

and of course NO democrat alive now even wants to acknowledge its existence..


17 posted on 07/08/2010 8:20:52 PM PDT by Nat Turner (I can see NOVEMBER from my house....)
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To: M-cubed

We don’t need a book...they wrote the “White Paper” on this almost 50 yrs ago:
http://www.dol.gov/oasam/programs/history/webid-meynihan.htm

and of course NO democrat alive now even wants to acknowledge its existence..


18 posted on 07/08/2010 8:21:12 PM PDT by Nat Turner (I can see NOVEMBER from my house....)
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To: Mr. K
what are MAry Mitchell’s politics? is she an Obammy supporter? How can she reconcile those two opposing positions then

Doublethink. The Party encourages it.

19 posted on 07/08/2010 8:23:31 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: Swede Girl

(Hi, FRiend!!)

So true! There have always been the poor and there have always been ghettos, but never was life — then and there— as it is now. When men and women spawn kids just for the welfare money, there is a breakdown in society. When there is no strong family structure, trouble looms. And for what? To get votes?


20 posted on 07/08/2010 8:38:04 PM PDT by Exit148 (Loose Change Club Founder. Save your pennies for the next Freepathon. A little goes a long way!)
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To: iowamark

This is what happens when the government hands out checks to babies for making babies, and gives them food stamps, ADC and SSI to take care of them, all the while most of the money goes to booze and casinos.


21 posted on 07/08/2010 8:38:13 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law." -- Aristotle)
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To: iowamark

Look around and think about the fact that the yobs you see are going to be in charge in another few decades.

Think about it.


22 posted on 07/08/2010 8:58:25 PM PDT by fightinJAG (Obama: "I will gladly pay you on Tuesday for a hamburger today.")
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To: fightinJAG

They already are in charge, White House, Congress, big business.


23 posted on 07/08/2010 9:07:34 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: Swede Girl
Here is an illustrative piece of actual data in answer to your question. In the 1950's, the rate of unwed mothers among Blacks was less than the current rate among whites.

Then came the 'rat race pimps and their Great Society. The rest, as they say, is history.

24 posted on 07/08/2010 9:10:49 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: iowamark

It isn’t just Ghetto parenting that is questionable. There is some parenting going on in the rural regions of our country that is not much different for what she describes. There is drug use, alcoholism, abuse and other related issues that affect white and black children all over this country, not just the ghetto.


25 posted on 07/08/2010 10:08:06 PM PDT by mia
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To: iowamark

Somehow she can never bring herself to admit that this is the bitter fruit of LBJ’s “Great Society”.


26 posted on 07/09/2010 3:40:29 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: mia
It isn’t just Ghetto parenting that is questionable. There is some parenting going on in the rural regions of our country that is not much different for what she describes. There is drug use, alcoholism, abuse and other related issues that affect white and black children all over this country, not just the ghetto.

Quite true.It happens everywhere. Just read about the subculture in England, for example. The behaviors and attitudes are the same. But one thing it does have in common, wherever it occurs, is that is subsidized, and encouraged, by the government. If it wasn't subsidized, it wouldn't happen.

27 posted on 07/09/2010 8:14:46 AM PDT by Red Boots
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To: fightinJAG
Look around and think about the fact that the yobs you see are going to be in charge in another few decades. Think about it.

I volunteer in our church youth group with middle school kids, and I do think about it. We go down to the trailer parks and bring the kids to church. The stories are gut-wrenching. All you can do is pray for them.

More Americans ought to do the same, because , if they are the future, then our country is in serious trouble.

28 posted on 07/09/2010 8:27:50 AM PDT by Red Boots
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To: iowamark

I agree 100%, I grew up in the ghetto and they all blame someone else for what’s wrong with them!

I had parents that made me do my homework and beat my butt when I did wrong. I was one of the few that made it out, most are still on the corner selling drugs!


29 posted on 07/09/2010 8:53:05 AM PDT by ForAmerica (Conservative Christian Black Man!)
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To: GrannyAnn
Up until the late 1960 and early 1970 there was a heavy price (usually paid by the girl) for out of wedlock sex, especially if they got pregnant.

Society had given girls a very strong defense to say “no” to an over eager boy, and if the boy needed more persuasion the girls father or older brothers were there to enforce the “no”.

I am not saying teens did not have sex, some did, but a overwhelming majority did not (the proof is the lack of out of wedlock children like we have today). Remember, back then, abortions were illegal.

If a girl got pregnant one of the first thing to happen she was taken out of school. The child was put up for adoption.

The sexual revolution, abortions, the pill have removed the shield young girls once had to say “no” and have the boy accept it.

The message today is you are a prude if you don't engage in sex with any and all, the proof is the out of control STD in our young people today.

Society has rules of behavior that may seem out of touch but were developed so that the society would survive. We have tossed many of those rules aside. The question is are the new rules going to save our society?

(Like all subjects, this is more complicated than can be posted here. These are just my observations.)

30 posted on 07/09/2010 3:13:49 PM PDT by CIB-173RDABN
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