- Faith & Family
Herman Kelley, 62
Yes. I’m a father of nine children and I raised all of them. Six of them have graduated from college. But they’re still trying to say that Black fathers are lazy and that we’re not role models for our children. It’s just unfair that they’re trying to stigmatize us.
Dwight Dorsett, 54
No, not really because guys out here don’t know how to act. Half of them aren’t fathers – they’re not taking care of their kids. They have these babies with these young girls and they’re still buck wild. When I was coming up, there wasn’t this type of violence either. But now there’s just so much violence perpetrated by young folks that it’s ridiculous. They don’t care about life at all.
James Gate, 49
Well, I don’t think that I ever heard that anything was wrong with Black fathers. Anyway, all the Black fathers that I know are good fathers.
Clarissa Furbush, 41
Miami, administrative assistant
I don’t want to say anything bad about a brother, but they haven’t been doing what they’re suppose to do. So, no, I don’t think the majority of Black fathers have been given a bad reputation. I think that most of them have earned the reputation that they have.
Mac Rollins, 64
Miami, food service worker
I think that they have unfairly been given a bad reputation. A lot of Black fathers have been to prison or are in prison, so they can’t be there for their kids. And if the fathers aren’t there, then their sons and daughters will roam the streets and do want they want to do.
Horace Horn, 47
Liberty City, retired bus driver
Yes. I raised my three kids and my youngest child has just one more year of college to complete before graduating. See, I am a Black father, not a daddy. The difference is that daddies don’t take care of their children. Fathers do.