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Hopefully everyone saw the Being Black in American series on CNN or at least read about it somewhere. I was talking to my co-worker about it and he said he didn't like that they separated the series into 2 segments 1. The black woman and family and 2. the black man. How can you talk about the have the family without the man? that's automatically separating the black man from the black family. Granted that's just the way of life for most children in America but your reinforcing that ideal by separating the topics. I didn't think about it till he said something but he is right. They should have either done 3 topics (women, men, family) or 1 addressing black people as a whole. Don't bundle women and family together. You can't have a family without a man in there somewhere.
While we on the topic what is considered a single mom? like can my baby momma be considered a single mom? They do stats based on wheather the parents are married not how involved the parents are in the child's life. So 70% of babies are born out of wedlock but it's not like my daughter is being raised by 1 parent. We just don't share a house. Technically she counts in that 70% but her life is going to be much different that that child born to a teenage mom who's boyfriend left and never looked back. So when they give those statistics it doesn't paint a real picture.
Even when then they showed successful people it seemed like they had issues. One family living in a upper class suburb, doing well who's son just happened to get arrested on a battery charge. They showed successful black men who just happened to be married to white women. Granted I didn't catch the whole thing but I didn't see one dude like me or family like mine on there. Everyone seemed to be one extreme or another. I guess normal is not so interesting.
Over all I think it was an odd thing to watch. Half way thru I started to think who this was marketed to? blacks in america or the rest of america. I mean talking around my office I think we all agreed that we knew most the stuff they were talking about. We live being black in america. Hell even the white guys in our office said they knew all that stuff. So maybe it's marketed to the rest of america. Middle america who never see's black people , maybe they learned something. Maybe one of them billionaires were watching and decided to but thier money to good use and start an organization to help. Or maybe it was ment to show black people that we need to be doing better. A teenage girl came to my house a couple weeks ago selling magazine subscriptions. She was from Dallas and was shocked to see a suburb full of black people. So maybe it was for kids like her to see that there is a way out and black and successful are not mutally exclusive things.