Changing a hurtful image of Dad -

Changing a hurtful image of Dad -

There are 9 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Aug 5, 2007, titled Changing a hurtful image of Dad -. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

He's crying again. Daddy must be drunk, I remember thinking as he sat on the edge of the bed in my parents' room.

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louise

Baltimore, MD

#1 Aug 5, 2007
I think this is a very relevant article. we need to take heed of the message!
Linda Washington

Jamaica, NY

#2 Aug 6, 2007
I think this article was very interesting.I'm very glad that some postive fathers are being recognized.To many times society tend to focus on the negtive rather than the postive.I'm glad these new movies are coming out,and I hope it give every father something to think about.These kids really need fathers in their lives to show the the way.Fathers should be there for their children to help their children avoid the mistakes they made.I gald good fathers are coming to the light.Good fathers been kept a secert for to long.
Very Concern

Stafford, VA

#4 Aug 8, 2007
How can this man (Stephney) take a child away from the mother? This is a one sided story. I truly believe that men are taking the kids away from their mother to allure paying child support. In addition, this father seems like he is only thinking of himself and not the child.
Sarah

Miami, FL

#5 Aug 8, 2007
A man who puts a perfectly fit primary caregiving mother through "a nasty court battle" in order to take their child -- who would have preferred to remain living with his mother -- away from her, is not an example of "Changing a hurtful image of Dad." It's the example of yet another way for a man to be an abusive jerk.
strawberry note

Juneau, AK

#6 Aug 8, 2007
Its pretty sad that this author chose to romanticize his alcoholic, adulterous and abusive father in this article rather than applaud his mother for having the courage to leave to try to provide a healthier home for him. Then he goes on to glorify Bill Stephney, who profits from rappers who do nothing but promote misogyny and who admittedly put the fit mother of his child through a 10 year custody battle. The author could have looked to a million better male role models than these two. Perhaps it might be better to stop whing about the lack of black male role models and become one who honors women and the mothers of their children.
In Total Agreement

Frederick, MD

#7 Aug 8, 2007
Strawberry note, kudos to you ! You could not have said it better. I am sure that your comment
strawberry note wrote:
Its pretty sad that this author chose to romanticize his alcoholic, adulterous and abusive father in this article rather than applaud his mother for having the courage to leave to try to provide a healthier home for him. Then he goes on to glorify Bill Stephney, who profits from rappers who do nothing but promote misogyny and who admittedly put the fit mother of his child through a 10 year custody battle. The author could have looked to a million better male role models than these two. Perhaps it might be better to stop whing about the lack of black male role models and become one who honors women and the mothers of their children.
Chickie

AOL

#8 Aug 8, 2007
A man can still be a positive role model and active in the life of their child without taking the child from his/her mother. A "dead-beat dad" is a man who has little to no contact with his child and does nothing to enhance the welfare of that child. I wonder how a man would feel if he had to carry a child for 9 months, go through the agonizing pain of childbirth, only to have the mother of the child take him/her away? If the child's welfare is in jeopardy, that would be the only justifiable reason I could find for a man taking a child away from it's mother.
Texas Mom

United States

#9 Aug 9, 2007
Complaining that the "Black female oriented culture marginalizes men" is just another way of a) destroying the black family all over again b) devaluing the work of Black mothers and c) continuing to employ misogyny towards Black women , albeit not in as overt a way as Hip Hop, but essentially I don't see a difference in the attitude. The message is simply that a family's not a family if it's not headed by a man and that somehow women are to blame for the breakdown of the family unit.

Same old song, just a new tune.

“Imagine that......!”

Since: Dec 06

Worcester, MA

#10 Aug 9, 2007
Great article....I think it definitely relates to our society in its present status.

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