Monday, October 12, 2009

Can we stop worrying about the gays and get our own mess together???

Between the Black ministers tirade against the D.C. Council passing legislation to recognize gay marriage performed in other jurisdictions and the backlash against President Obama’s stance on the military “don’t ask, don’ tell policy” it has me wondering if we are focusing on the wrong things in life. (Side note: I have a solution to gay marriage, but that is a post for another day.) There is this fear that if we let Tom and John get married that it will threaten marriage and the definition of family. (On no gloom and doom). I am particularly disappointed in the Black ministers…

Newsflash the black family structure is beyond threatened. It’s darn near non-existent. What is the world coming to when a young black kid who was raised in a two-parent household is the exception to the rule as opposed to the norm???

Looking at the statistics for Ward 7 and Ward 8…. According to the DC Ward profile, Wards 7 and 8 have the highest number of baby mamas. In 2000, the percent of female headed households with children in Ward 7 was 67% and Ward 8 was 68%, compared to Wards 1, 2, and 3, which were 46%, 34%, and 12%, respectively. I hate to say it, but I doubt the 2010 census will show improvement in this statistic. To throw more salt on this lack of black family wound, the percent of births to teen mothers in 2006 was also highest in Wards 7 and 8, 20% and 18%, respectively.

So let’s us stop and enjoy this WTF moment…. Why are we worried about gays getting married, when we have more black children are being raised by babymamas or grandmamas than in a family with two parents. Where are these Black ministers when another black baby is born to an unwed mother? Where is the outrage when a black child doesn’t know who their dad is? I mean yesh.

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