DOES IT MATTER THAT 73 PERCENT OF BLACK BABIES ARE BORN TO SINGLE MOMS?
WHERE ARE THE DADS? Today, approximately 73 percent of black babies are born to single Moms. Even in most black churches, nobody talks about this. This lack of Dads is negatively impacting the black community and our nation.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA
“Too many black fathers, are missing from too many lives and too many homes. They have abandoned their responsibilities, acting like boys instead of men. We know the statistics — that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime; nine times more likely to drop out of schools and 20 times more likely to end up in prison. They are more likely to have behavioral problems, or run away from home or become teenage parents themselves. And the foundations of our community are weaker because of it.”
Black people make up ~40 percent of the U. S. prison population, while making up ~13 percent of the U.S. population. As former President Obama stated, the very foundations of our communities are weakened!
CHILDREN BORN TO SINGLE MOMS 1965 VERSUS 2015
The above chart, shows this is a growing trend in the U. S. for ALL RACES.
TUPAC SHAKUR, RAPPER – DEAD AT 25 YEARS OF AGE
Many single Moms raise strong, successful children. We all know such families. However, the lack of men in their children’s lives, is resulting in a cycle of poverty and government dependency in the black community. The level of poverty in the U. S. has essentially flat lined for 50 years!
A SENSE OF URGENCY IS REQUIRED!
Almost 20 years ago I took a job as a Safety Director, to reduce serious injuries and fatalities for a large company. When I researched the company’s history, I discovered in the 1970s’, the company’s safety performance was TEN times better. Because of – FAMILY VALUES. As the company grew and management changed, they lost the culture of family values, of caring for their employees. My strategy was simple, return to a culture that delivered better safety and profit results.
In the black community we need to return to our past FAMILY VALUES where Dad is a vital member of HIS family! As the number of Dads participating in their kids lives has decreased, the impact to the family structure and the country has been consequential.
CONCLUSION – DOES IT MATTER THAT 73 PERCENT OF BLACK BABIES ARE BORN TO SINGLE MOMS?
DOES IT MATTER?
That children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime; nine times more likely to drop out of schools and 20 times more likely to end up in prison?
Are more likely to have behavioral problems, or run away from home or become teenage parents themselves?
That the foundations of our community are weaker because of it?
I do not have answers for this crisis in the black community. I do have an answer to the above question – YES IT MATTERS!
We must begin the conversations to find actions required to return more Dad’s to their children’s, lives – EVERY SINGLE DAY! To accomplish this, we must openly talk about this issue.
My brother and I grew up with two strong and wonderful parents. We owe our blessed lives to Annie and Willian Powers and the loving, nurturing and disciplined household we were raised.
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