Defying enduring stereotypes about black fatherhood, a federal survey of American parents shows that by most measures, black fathers who live with their children are just as involved as other dads who live with their kids — or more so.
From another article:
“It’s almost always white fathers who are into the father rights movement,” Kimmel said. “There’s another father movement exemplified by Barack Obama and Bill Cosby, which is the father responsibility movement, which encourages men to be responsible fathers and engage with their children even if they aren’t married to the mother. And that’s almost entirely a movement of men of color. And if the idea of democracy, as Jefferson said, is to balance rights and responsibilities, look at the father movements today. You’ll see that the men emphasizing rights are white and the men emphasizing responsibilities are African-American.”
Trigger warning: domestic abuse
One of the most lauded activists within the FRA community is Thomas James Ball. Ball, a divorced father of three, was a believer in corporal punishment and admitted that on one occasion, after his 4-year-old daughter licked his hand, he slapped her in the face three times, until “she belched out a mouthful of blood.” He was criminally charged, and his wife filed for divorce three days later. Ball was not a serial abuser, and in the course of the divorce proceedings, the court made a reasonable demand: that in light of the slapping incident, he receive some parenting counseling. He refused on principle, which meant he did not get custody of his kids and did not have visitation rights with his daughters. He spent 10 years filing frivolous motions and was eventually brought in for not paying child support, all the while missing out on seeing his children grow up because he was too stubborn to admit he had done anything wrong. At the end of his ordeal, Ball concluded that “the legal community was in fear of these feminist groups and their crusade against Domestic Violence.” He became the leader of his local FRA-affiliated Fatherhood Coalition chapter. And then, in June 2011, he set himself on fire outside a Massachusetts courthouse.
Ball is now held up by fathers’ rights groups as a hero: “He Died for Our Children,” proclaims one tribute page. Of course, he could have simply gotten some counseling for the sake of his children, but that is less convenient to the fathers’ rights narrative of white male victimization. And Ball is just one among many.
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A pit bull named Scout can balance pretty much anything on his head; from sushi, to boardgames to a paint can! Leigh Scheps shows you his fascinating trick. …
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Is this guy not on twitter anymore? I want to follow him.
Go watch Take Shelter now.
Unless you dislike imaginative, visceral, artistic filmmaking. In which case, avoid at all costs.
Bless your heart Joseph Fink.
Just pile this attitude onto the countless reasons to listen to WTNV.