*When it comes to the topic of black fathers, and you actually have something ‘good’ to say, people may respond, “Excuse me?” or even, “Come again?”
Why, you may ask, do we do this?
Because for so long, conversations heard around the topic have only been, “they are nowhere to be found.” In fact, a number of studies and reports claim that black fathers are overwhelmingly absent from the home.
While the conversations about absent fathers should be taken very seriously, it should not overshadow, nor ignore, the fact that there are many, many fathers out there who are taking care of their daddy duties just fine, thank you.
With Father’s Day coming up, we list some key points outlined in a Huffington Post article that shows 5 things we should stop believing about black fathers.
Black Fathers Aren’t Involved In Their Children’s Lives
Recent data published by the Center for Disease Control reveal that African-American fathers spend more time in their children’s day-to-day lives than dads from other racial groups.
The Increasing Number of Single-Parent Homes Is Exclusively A Black ProblemThe number of single-parent American households has tripled in number since 1960, and while an overwhelming majority of these households are likely to be led by black or Hispanic women, the number of black, single-father households is also on the rise.
Black Fathers Are An Anomaly
Black fathers do exist, a message that entrepreneur William K. Middlebrooks hopes to spread with his book “Dare To Be Extraordinary: A Collection of Positive Life Lessons from African American Fathers.” Part chapter-memoir, part call-to-action and part inspiration, the book recognizes and honors the wisdom and teachings of African-American fathers passed down to sons and daughters. Among them: Cultural icon and entrepreneur Russell Simmons, NBA veteran Allan Houston, ABC News broadcaster Robin Roberts and the authors themselves.
There are two more lies to go.
Read The Number of Un-wed Mothers Is a Statement on Morality In The Black Community and Men Who Didn’t Have Fathers Won’t Make Good Fathers at the Huffington Post.