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Re: Michele Bachmann Thinks Slavery Times Were Bet

Hi Khathu,

If you are going to dismiss their intent, that's fine. We're simply not on the same page.

I challenge your assertion that 70% of Blacks TODAY are born out of wedlock. First, the percentage strikes me as extremely high. Second, using the term 'out of wedlock' casts a moral and religious judgement that may not be applicable to all of the Black children not born into the family unit of the two parent household. To that end, it is totally unfair and unreasonable to contend that this alleged 70% are "most likely going to be impoverished families".

If we look at Black children in this category, we will find that many are the beneficiaries of adopters, single moms who choose to be such - and earn good incomes, lesbian and gays who have children in non traditional ways (doner sperm, surrogates, etc), and rape victims who choose (or are forced) to give birth. These folks may be (unjustly) included in your 70% assertion and in my opinion should be separated out.

I totally disagree with your statement that it is 'clear' that children of two parent household are 'more likely' to succeed than those of one parent households. I just don't buy it. I can just look at my own family tree and claim the statement as ludicrous.

You say we spend entirely too much time worrying about what others (Plaats and Bachmann in this case) say and think about us. I say we need to; because their thoughts creep into the textbooks our Black children read, the music they listen to, and the conversations they overhear from their elders.

I and many others are not looking for validation of our experiences from without; instead, we are insistent that those on the outside do not DEFINE our existence or experiences erroneously.

Peace & Blessings,
"Guided by the Ancestors"


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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