Theatre IV – Black Fatherlessness
(Excerpted from Harlem Meets Mayberry)
Once upon a movie, white actor Tom Cruse begged black actor Cuba Gooding, “Help me…help you. Now, on behalf of sincere white people everywhere, I appeal similarly to sincere black people everywhere: “Help whites…help blacks.”
Millions upon millions of white folks are willing to do almost anything they can do to help win the War on Racial Dissonance, but there’s one thing that must be done that is above the white “pay grade.” There’s one thing that must be done that whites can’t do. That one thing is to persuade black men to stop making babies and then abandoning those babies and their mothers.
Baby Daddy confounds Mayberry. Baby Daddy frustrates Mayberry. Baby Daddy angers Mayberry. And as long as Mayberry is confounded and frustrated and angry with Baby Daddy, the War on RD will be stalled. That’s why reducing the rate of fatherlessness in the black community is one of the three Non-Negotiables in the War on RD.
Whoa! Where did that come from? I’ll tell you where that came from: That came from Mayberry Town Square. That came from the very heart of Mayberry, and it’s been stuck in Mayberry’s heart for a long time, and it feels good to finally let it overflow from our hearts. It feels good because Mayberry knows that even though it’s going to stir up resistance, the message is true and the message is delivered in love, and the message will ultimately take root in good soil.
And what is good soil? In this case, the good soil is reasonable black people who are sensitive toward both Mayberry Reality and Harlem Reality. The good soil is intelligent black people who can do simple math and who can see that neither Caesar nor single moms nor tired grandparents can possibly continue their rescue efforts indefinitely. Black fathers must step in and step up to protect and bless the millions upon millions of innocent lives they continue to help create.
The good soil is sincere black Christians who are heartbroken by both the spiritual weight that Baby Daddy places on himself and the enormous stumbling block that he places on the life path of his innocent children and the mothers of those children. Continue reading