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I’ve been comparing “Fatherhood” to a religion, in its use of force, lots of $$ to force onto people, and the consequent bloodshed that happens to those who object.

I am, in case you wondered, heterosexual, and I don’t want a world that is primarily women.  I DO, however, think that the world we now have, and its primary collective consciousness, is not going to become “NONVIOLENT” by anything men with a dominator mentality are going to devise, while the rest of us are stuck fighting for ECONOMIC independence.

I have personally experienced this “paternalistic” and “patronizing” attitude towards helping me after leaving a violent relationship.  I was repeatedly assured that I would never make it on my own, as a single mother, without Dad in the picture (although he WAS in the picture, almost weekly, as it turned out). 

At this time, I had already repeatedly proved competence in (1) at least one profession and in college; (2) by some fantastic, smart, healthy children that were in demand by others for a good influence on their OWN kids (i.e., playmates); and (3) I’d just filed a restraining order, RIGHT?  So I have some networking ability . . . . 

So I do have some sensitivity to the “patronizing” attitude, which was a new one to be on the receiving end of from people who didn’t look illiterate or religiously backward.

In order to PREVENT women (single mothers) from actually GETTING all the way out, or something has to be devised, and has been.  It’s called the family law system, and it’s SECRETIVE dealings from “on high” about “them folk” as discussed (without them present, naturally) particularly by the “social science” experts, with taxpayer funds.

And it produces economic devastation.  Guarantee you!

I think we should know about some of the presenters at that Ways & Means meeting (see last 2 posts) discussing renewing Responsible Fatherhood, in a new improved fashion.  Looking up Dr. Mincy . . . .

Testimony By Ronald Mincy Ph.D.

Maurice V. Russell Professor of Social Policy and Social Work Practice Columbia University School of Social Work, New York, New York

I found this organization:


David Hansell, JD, Commissioner, NY State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA). OTDA is the state agency charged with oversight of support programs and economic assistance for low-income New Yorkers. Commissioner Hansell, a former chief of staff of NYC’s HRA, chairs a number of state cabinets including the Governor’s Economic Security Cabinet, the Children’s Cabinet, and the Workforce Investment Board.

Ronald Mincy, PhD is a Professor at Columbia University School of Social Work and the Director of the Center for Research on Fathers, Children and Family Well-Being. Dr. Mincy has devoted over thirty years to research and policy aimed at discovering and promoting the needs of low-income families—with a particular focus on black fathers—at the local, state, national levels. He was born in the Bronx and lives in Harlem.

Helen Mitchell, MPA is Director of Strategic Planning and Policy Development for the Honorable Congressman Danny K. Davis of the 7th District of Illinois. As a senior leadership team member, Ms. Mitchell is charged with managing Representative Davis’s highest priority: problems effecting black men. This month, Representative Davis will introduce the Julia Carson Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Families Act of 2009.

No wonder their presentations are so often thanking Congressman Davis…  They almost sound like our President — the word “family” doesn’t have the word “Mother” in association with it.  I have blogged before.

Here’s Dr. Mincy in Bermuda, studying Education of Black Males. 

A Qualitative Study of the Educational Aspirations of Young Black Bermudian Males

In order to further understand the quantitative findings revealed in the CRFCF examination of the 2000 Census of Population and Housing for Bermuda, this study explores the educational and career aspirations of young Bermudian Black men from their own perspectives. The quantitative study reveals that the unemployment rate of young Bermudian Black men is almost double the unemployment rate of young White Bermudian men and that Black Bermudian males also obtain less education than their same-age peers, both male and female. Findings suggest that while obtaining more education would increase the earnings and decrease unemployment among young Black Bermudian men, they would still earn less than their White counterparts. This study explores how young Black Bermudian males describe and explain their educational and employment experiences and aspirations. Semi-structured one-on-one interviews (n=18) with Black male high school graduating seniors, and focus groups with unemployed and employed young Black men (n=10), ages 20-35, at a community organization serving young adults in Bermuda, aim to understand the following research questions:

     1. How do Black male high school students in Bermuda describe and explain their educational and employment aspirations?

     2. How do the experiences of Black Bermudian boys at high school and at home influence their educational and professional aspirations?

     3.How do young Black Bermudian men describe and explain their educational and employment experiences and aspirations?

Research has yet to explore why Black Bermudian men are less likely to invest in education than Black females, or why they experience more unemployment and lower earnings than White Bermudian men. This study will enhance our understanding of the challenges experienced by a vastly understudied population.


Written by Let's Get Honest|She Looks It Up

July 3, 2010 at 3:20 pm

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  1. good source of information.. thanks


    July 3, 2010 at 8:46 pm

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