Wednesday, July 23, 2008

CNN Black in America: My Notes on Tonight’s Show Part 1

When I saw them begging that kid to come to school I was shamed!! Now we have to pay kids to go to school? Since when do we need Economists to run the education system? A woman having 5 kids with one man and they never decide to get married? Talk about “why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free.” Citizen Wifey says that I am judging people but I don’t look at it that way. I am concerned with the decisions that parents make and how it affect their children. It is a sad affair when 50% of black children that live with single moms are in poverty. (For a disclaimer) I have friends that grew up in single parent homes and they turned out fine. But the numbers are frightening!!! Also can we please retire the phrase “Baby Daddy” I truly hate that phrase.

I believe depending on where a biracial child lives will determine how they view themselves. If they live around black folks, they will identify with being black. If they live in predominantly white neighborhoods then it would be the opposite. Why would you have unprotected sex with a man you don’t trust? Something about that is sad and disturbing. In the second hour, why again are people begging kids to help them change their lives. Another woman with 5 kids, where is Soledad finding these women, that she is struggling to take care of. It is sad to say, but her son being paralyzed might be the only way to keep him off the streets. If suburban white folks are watching this they must be highly confused.

Being poor = a poor education (That is old news)

Being poor = poor diet and poor eating habits (That is old news)

Being poor = poor health/lack of quality healthcare services (That is old news)

Black women having a hard time finding a black man to marry (Really old news – I hear this everyday)


NCCU Alumni said...

I agree with a lot of what you are saying in this...One thing I guess I have sympathy about in regards to the single family household is the fact that they crave for something that they get from a man that a woman can't offer. If a father was around to tell their child that they are beautiful, kiss them on the forehead and cheek when they do something right, or discipline them when the do wrong, I think they would not sacrifice their life to get attention from an unworthy man. I applaud the effort of this series, but it seems like there is something missing or maybe its the sequence they are doing it! I really can't put my hands on whats missing, but it is!

Anonymous said...

I am a first time reader, and I wanted to tell you that you have a wonderful blog, but also to mention that I disagree about how biracial children view themselves when they grow up in one side of the family or the other. My experience as well as that of other friends( Puertorrican-Cuban, English-Japanese, Swiss-Japanese, Black-Jew, Irish-Puertorrican) is that because of the us vs. them of homogeneity many times the group that you grow up with will make you feel like you are the other, not part of the group, they will always notice that you are not a "complete" part of that culture as you are mixed and when you don't agree with that group it is because you are mixed. Of course there are many exceptions, but that has been my observation.

Good luck.

Citizen Ojo said...

Thanks a lot for your comments. You have given me something to think about. Please feel free to stop by again.