Black Men, Stats, and Debating "the Village"
Have you chuckled and/or *rubbed temples* today? If not....
By way of Clutch Magazine:
By way of Clutch Magazine:
Caslin breaks it down: The school-to-prison pipeline for African American males is not just propaganda. According to new data released by the U.S. Department of Education this spring, “African-American students, particularly males, are far more likely to be suspended or expelled from school than their peers.”This, of course, would not be complete without some choice comments:
The statistics are disheartening because there are many officials and educators, and a plethora of research, that supports that this disparity is not based on or related to “differential bad behavior” but to “differential responses” from the educational system.
You know the saying, when a door closes, a window opens. In this case, the alienation from school opens a window of opportunity for our young black men to often end up on the wrong side of the law and land in prison. Our young black men are “at risk” and three times more likely to be incarcerated than non-African American males. And that’s a fact.
Caslin highlights the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Atlanta and points out that of the 455 children waiting to be matched with mentors, 95-percent were male and 77-percent were black. So what’s the hold up? The Big Brothers Big Sisters programs says they need more African-American male mentors to volunteer.
While Caslin focuses on Atlanta, I’m sure mentoring programs in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, New Orleans, Houston, and other metropolitan areas have similar numbers. And one thing is clear: more black men need to get involved.
Inside and outside of the home black women are stepping up to parent, teach, and mentor children, but we can’t do it alone. More black men need to join the ranks of teachers, mentors, coaches, and community leaders if we are going to help our young people avoid the traps that are ready and waiting to swallow them whole.
Yvette - “70% of our kids are born to unwed parents—”*dead* and *sigh*
If these men can’t even bother to get married before having children (or after), why in the world would they think to mentor a stranger’s child? These men should focus on their own children first. Maybe the author was referring to men w/o children?
Chilly Road - Yvette,
I would gather most of these men aren’t choosing to have children. They are choosing sex- sex without protection- but not children. Remember, gestation happens to women not men.
Chilly Road (later) - This just isn’t going to work. Men should take care of their own children. It doesn’t take a village cause that village wasn’t in the bedroom with you doing the wild thing.
Reading some of the blogs about the custody battles between Usher and his ex-wife, and Dwayne Wade and his ex-wife, there seems to be this idea that that children are the possession of either parent. Children aren’t the possessions of either parent. They are equally both the children of the man and the woman and have equal responsibility. No one parent should have more say than the other. Once we establish, acknowledge and LEGISLATE for that then we can seem some impasses on this issue.
I say this because it bothered me when so many women were upset that the judge in the Raymond vs. Raymond case would dare give that woman’s children away to Usher. They way they were talking you would think Usher were some random stranger.
Justanotheropinion - I know this won’t be popular but let’s share the blame here: Black Women need to be more selective with whom they have children with. Neither party did it on their own so they both need to be held accountable. Too many black kids come from single parent households. It’s easy to put the blame soley on the man’s shoulders (don’t get me wrong, there are enough deadbeat dads out there), but we all know that there quite a few women that had no business having kids.
Yb - Your opinion isn’t rare. It’s the most popular opinion. You should like a broken record. When it comes to this discussion the woman is always blamed and told to keep her legs closes and be selective with whom she procreates with.
Rarely is the man under as much scrutiny. Rarely is the man told that he should of kept his dick in his pants or dated a better woman, watched for the warning signs in the early stages of the relationship. Your opinion is not revolutionary.
The primary message of this piece was to encourage more men to get active in the community. Why did you miss the point?
Ms. Information - The male is rarely under scrutiny because he does not and cannot by nature reproduce. As women, we see that men will not keep said “dick” in his pants. ERGO…as women, since we bare the burden of child bearing WE should be much more careful than men. The point is that we would not even need such an organization as Big Brothers/Sisters if mama chose better and if daddy would tame his need for sex. This will just put vaseline on a massive scar that is the black community.
libpatriot - I would start with men acknowledge your own flesh and blood first. Too many man are shocked to learn that men impregnate women. So, let’s start at stupid and work up from there.