by Amani Channel
No wedding no womb, in other words, fellas put a ring on it before you start making babies.
On the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, writers across the blogosphere are joining a grassroots movement to promote marriage and family in the Black community.
Why? Because the baby mama situation has reached epidemic proportions.
Charles Kochakian recently examined some of the staggering statistics surrounding the issue.
Just 35 percent of black children live with two parents, which partly explains why 59 percent of black eighth-graders watch four or more hours of television on an average day, while 24 percent of their white peers do. The latter waste their time on new social media, computers and fancy phones.
Black children also are disproportionately handicapped by class disparity: By age 4, the average child in a professional family hears about 20 million more words than the average child in a working-class family.
Professional athletes have recently become the poster players for the problem. You’ve heard about Antonio Cromartie? Dude has a gang of kids, and can’t hardly keep track of them all.
Studies over the years point to many factors such as low unemployment rates for black males, and changes in attitudes regarding sexual behavior.
Whatever the reason, blogger Christelyn Karazin wants to shed some light on the situation. She’s a single mother, and can speak from her personal experiences. Now she’s saying, “enough is enough.”
Thus was born, “No Wedding No Womb” day. The movement even has its own theme song.
So what are my thoughts? People…. we have to do better. I like to think beyond color lines, but the problem is undeniable. The streets are raising too many of our young kings, and without a strong family unit the numerous problems that plague black communities (high drop out rates, high incarceration rates, etc.) will persist.
But perhaps instead of saying “no wedding no womb,”, my sistas should be whispering, “no condom, no puddy cat.”