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Emanuel to confront absentee fathers during Chicago violence policy address

Sep 16, 2016

This article originally appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been raising eyebrows with his private previews of an upcoming policy address on violence, in which he confronts the issue of absentee fathers in African-American families.

Sources said stakeholders invited to City Hall to hear broad strokes of the mayor’s speech were surprised by how direct Emanuel plans to be about a sociological problem he views as a driving force behind Chicago’s cycle of gang violence.

During sessions akin to focus groups, Emanuel talked about encountering only one black father in all of the homes, hospital rooms, churches and…

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