Affirmative Action Father’s Day

Ben W. writes:

Almost every picture in the media accompanying a father’s day story shows a black man holding his child. With 80 percent of black children born out of wedlock and raised by their unmarried mothers, I didn’t know black men had such an outstanding record as fathers…

A father becoming more involved with his children is a positive thing
for everyone involved, says one expert

LA replies:

First, positive images of normal white men are largely barred in our culture. Warm, human, positive qualities can only be associated with nonwhites, mainly blacks.

Second, such stories are sometimes not exactly reporting the news, but pushing aspirational—and, as in the caption and article accompanying the above photo—liberal-feminist objectives. Perversely, given that this is a story for Father’s Day, the article, from CNN, is touting the increasingly prevalent phenomenon of “Mr. Moms,” men who because they are unemployed have become the main caregivers for their children, while their wives bring home the bacon. The article says:

As women’s pay has approached — and sometimes exceeded — that of men, Mr. Moms lounging at the playground are becoming more common.

Fathers are the primary caregivers for about a quarter of the nation’s 11.2 million preschoolers whose mothers work, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

I doubt that figure, but even it is true, the fact remains that 80 percent of black children are born to unmarried women and are raised without any father at all. The actual number of black “Mr. Moms” must be minuscule. Yet the article, by its choice of photo, tries to give the impression that there are lots of black “Mr. Moms” lounging in the playgrounds of America.

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Gintas writes:

From Seattle Times:

He’s ‘Mr. Mom’ and it’s the hardest job he’s ever had

No kidding, it’s even harder for a man to have a baby.

Josh Wainscott never thought: “When I grow up I want to stay at home with my kids while my wife goes to work.”

But that’s what happened.

“It’s a weird, weird place for a man to be,” Wainscott said. And it’s the hardest job he’s ever had. “I don’t know how women do it.”

Aren’t women just amazing?

And look at the picture. Doesn’t is just warm your heart?

Posted by Lawrence Auster at June 20, 2010 02:21 PM | Send

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