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I recently started reading Hill Harper’s new book after his visit to UF recently. It’s about Black family’s and how they are dissipating in the percentage amounts. He addresses the issue of how its a repetitive circle and why this is happening.  It’s clear that single parent house holds shape the future generations views and most apparently their postion on relationships.  In Black families have a strong bond with your family (which differ over cultures). The issue before was that during slavery the way to break the bond was by seperating the father from the slave family (Willie lynch google him) now its clear what happened the past has left a stain on Blacks. The importance of the Black family was re-discovered in the 60’s when 84 percent of Black children were being raised in two-parent households but in 2006 fewer than 33 percent of all Black children were being raised in two-parent households.  It would be easy to blame this on Whites, but no men in general need to step up and stop thing life is what you see on TV.  The media allows us to see marriages with stars and then divorces in the same couple within 6 months. Thats not true commitment or a true display of how marriage is supposed to be. Thats why I’m thankful for the Black couples who are in the media and giving a positive portrayal like Will and Jada Pinkett Smith married since 1997. Alot of things shown in the media should stay unreplicated because the state of the Black family is in need of some work.


Written by ineeduf

February 14, 2010 at 1:51 am

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  1. I too attended the event that Hill Harper spoke at. I definitely think that every Black person whether in a relationship or not should read his book so that they can understand the history behind absentee fathers and the fact that it is generational. I am a product of a black couple who not only got married but have stayed married for 21 years. They have shown me that it is possible. The media does not realistically portray how a healthy relationship is suppose to be and there are only a select few of Black couples represented in the media.


    February 15, 2010 at 9:42 pm

  2. I agree that this is portrayed in the media a lot. Black men have a stereotype of having multiple children by different mothers. Even though many Black fathers are committed to their families, the ones are aren’t taint their good image. I think the media definitely has an influence on this portrayal.


    February 16, 2010 at 3:06 pm

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