*This is probably going to land me in the doghouse (again), but I can’t sit back and witness the decay of black youth without addressing the real problem—their mothers.
In fact, poor parenting is more than a race issue, it’s an American issue. Now that young girls are birthing children as early as pre-teen age, the art of motherhood is suffering miserably.
Combine that with cable television’s glorification of teen pregnancy and the increasing rate of single motherhood in this country, it seems virtually certain that future generations will be led waywardly.
Needless to say, most adolescent girls aren’t fit to raise children. But more often now, many women well into adulthood continuously demonstrate inadequate parenting ability and awareness. Sisters, you are failing black children (particularly young black males). I’m not excusing black men from stepping up to the plate and being fathers to their offspring. But single or not, a mother is responsible for the growth and prosperity of her young ones. Many women with children have forgotten (or simply don’t care) about the significance of motherhood and the ramifications that poor child rearing can bring. In other words, modern moms suck. It’s time for many of you to grow up and do better.
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*A report released in 2009 detailed how minority women account for almost 50 percent of women in jail.
The numbers showed that combined black women (45) and Hispanic women (16) accounted for 48 percent of women in jail.
Black women were also incarcerated at a rate increase of 828 percent over a five year period.
Here is an excerpt from a piece written by NewsOne columnist D.L. Chandler focusing on the topic.
Black Mothers have been unfairly treated in the court of law, with judges handing down sentences for charges that normally wouldn’t garner prison time. Homeless Ohio Mother Kelley Williams-Bolar was made an example of after being sentenced for 10 days in jail and three years’ probation, when she was caught sending her kids to a different school district outside her zoning area. Additionally, first-time drug offenders, such as Mother of four Tonya Drake, who was given 10 years of prison time for her role in attempting to mail 232 grams of crack cocaine.
Read more at NewsOne
*Breastfeeding is supposed to be a natural next step after a child comes into the world.
It’s natural right?
Well, black women are and have been getting major heat over this decision for years.
It appears that within the last 30 years, black women have not been representing well in this area. And not only is there immense criticism, but some of the questions being, insensitively, asked are:
”Are they putting their careers before the baby thing?”
”Are they not physically able to produce the milk that breastfeeding requires?” (more…)
*Although the tremendous benefits of breast feeding a baby have been widely publicized for nearly 20 years, new African American mothers appear not to be getting the message.
A just released state-by-state analysis shows that Black women lag considered behind both Hispanic and white women when it comes to breast feeding.
The analysis was made public by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and it shows that 54 percent of African American women attempt to breast-feed their babies. However, this percentage contrasts with 80 percent of Hispanic women and 74 percent of white women.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies be breast-fed for six months. Breast-feeding has major health benefits for babies including warding off infections and helping prevent the development of asthma. The CDC findings were based on telephone interviews with nearly 100,000 mothers of children born between 2003 and 2006.
The report was unclear on why Black women are less likely than other women to breast-feed. (source: Taylor Media Services)