When I am reading about how parents are portrayed in the media
I put on my critical lens.
Needless to say, any mention of Black
parents and I have the hawk eye on.
Will Okun's latest blog post has images of Black folks that you
never see in mainstream media.
In fact the shots could have easily been stills from a Juve Video,
or stills from your cousins photo album.
There were also quotes from students stating what they were greatful for.
Real talk. Go get the kleenex.
And finally, one of the MOST powerful ones.
“We are not out on the streets but in a house under a roof.” – I.D.
“My family is getting together for a celebration and not for a tragedy.” - D.S.“My Aunt Ethel and my grandmother who have stepped in as my parents after my mother died. These two women are so powerful and have so much wisdom. They are all I have.” - R.B. “I am back in school. It took me a year to realize the streets aren’t everything.” – L.A.
“I met my father this year.” T.E.I was really taken aback by the image of the teenager,
with her tight turquoise top on, standing diagonal towards the camera,
so as to emphasize her roundess, face full of pride.
The commenter's were taken aback by her as well.
Why the rage towards Black teen mothers?