The African American Crisis of the Absentee Father

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Courtney Soares Research Paper
8th period
April 10th, 2008
The crisis of the absentee father is an issue that influences and impacts the African American community. My aim is to find out the effects of a fatherless upbringing on a child’s behavioral, emotional stability, and educational attainment. “I had no daddy around when I was growing up… that’s why I’m wild and I don’t give a…”-lyrics by Teiarra Mari. Father absence among the African American community is a very popular yet critical issue. It’s even mentioned in the music industry. This can be the effect of lack of responsibility, incarceration, death, among various other things. Some young men become fathers at a very young age when they are probably very immature, irresponsible, and simply not quite ready for fatherhood. A lot of fathers are unable to build relationships with their children because they are in prison. Other bonds between fathers and children may be cut short due to the death of the father. Situations like these can lead to an unstable household with a single mother left to raise her children alone without the security of a man. Also young children may be left to face troubled childhoods while deeply longing for a father, which can later lead to an identity crisis, rebellion, teenage pregnancy, suicide, etc. In this ay and age, a majority of African American children are without fathers. “ more than 70 percent of African American children are born out of wedlock, with the majority raised by single mothers.” “ most American children suffer from too much mother and too little father.” This can be dramatically affected by more than one issue such as the father’s ability to provide financial support. Some fathers feel as if they can not be a provider for their families and choose not to be a part of them. Others are pushed away due to their inability to support their families. Some...
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