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How Can We Establish Strong Families In Our Community??


The following is from the book

BRAINWASHED Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority

“The shattering blows on the Negro family have made it fragile, deprived, and often psychopathic.” A quote from: DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

            On Father’s Day, June 15, 2008, Barack Obama, then only a candidate for the U.S. presidential nomination, stood before a black congregation at a Chicago South Side church and delivered an important message to the black community:

            Of all the rocks upon which we build our lives, we are reminded today that family is the most important…But if we are honest with ourselves we’ll also admit that too many fathers are missing from too many lives and too many homes. They have abandoned their responsibilities, acting like boys instead of men. And the foundations of our families are weaker because of it.

            While Obama was congratulated for boldly taking absentee black fathers to task and condemned for taking an opportunistic shot at black men for political gain, all sides missed the most important points. Black men are not just absent from their children’s lives; too many black men and women are absent from each other’s lives.

            In other words, it’s not just a fathering problem; it’s a “family-ing” problem, another casualty of our addiction to the black inferiority brand. The major challenge, therefore, is to discuss and seriously dissect the black family-ing problem.

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