By: Roy Douglas Malonson, Publisher
African-American News & Issues
Without fear or favor, African-American News & Issues has become and is the publication that addresses current and historical realities affecting our communities.
As such, I felt compelled to touch on a couple of issues that many of us Africans in America are already aware of, yet there is not much mention made of it. I am concerned with the future of our community for various reasons. While there are many issues prevalent within our communities, I am electing to address in this editorial the fact that our Black Mothers need to get it together!
First of all, there are a lot of Black mothers both young and old that are single and nothing is wrong with that. But you must realize that the example you exemplify in your child(s) presence serves to dictate how they will view the world around them. Some of these mothers have absolutely too many men around their children. It is one thing to date a man, but you don’t just bring anybody around your children. Parents are supposed to be protectors of their children. If you have not taken the time to get to know a man for who he is, then why would you bring them around what is supposed to be your most cherished possessions.
We MUST Understand that everybody plays the fool sometimes, but damn don’t make a career out of it! If you have one child for a man and you see he won’t pay child support, offer to lend you a helping hand, show any type of love or concern with the one child that you already have together; then why would you continue to have baby after baby for the same man? There is an old saying that alludes to the fact that if you, “Fool me once, shame on you, Fool me twice, shame on me”! At some point our young Black mothers need to wise up.
There are a few more issues that I feel need to be addressed on this issue, however, space will not allow me the opportunity to do so now. So grab a copy on next week for Part II.
Now don’t shoot the messenger, I tell it how I see it and report it how I feel it. If perhaps this message applies to you, please by all means get angry enough to survey yourself and make a change. After all, our future depends on it!
By the way, Black men don’t applaud too much, you are not exempt and I will address a few of the reasons why in the very near future. So to our faithful and dedicated readers of African-American News & Issues keep reading, there is more to come. And for the record, I realize that this lesson may not apply to many of our readers, but as sure as my father was born a Negro, I was born Black and my daughter African-American; I’m sure you know someone who it does apply to. Therefore, I encourage you to take an extra copy and pass it along to your neighbor, or anyone you may come in contact with that needs to get it together!