Eric Holder Talks to Black Fathers in a way that Doesn’t Make Sense

16 Dec

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University 

 

Elliot Millner brought it to my attention that Attorney General Eric Holder has been apparently spending a lot of time with Bill Cosby these days. In a recent speech at a black church in Queens, NY, Holder took a page out of the Barack Obama Campaign Catalog and chose to win favors with the black middle class by recklessly bashing away at absentee fathers and returning to the whole "ya’ll just need to grow up and be more responsible" argument that allows any politician to explain away a blatant disregard for meaningful public policy. Rather than talking about things that we can do as a society to take our collective foot off the necks of black men, he chose to say that black men are choosing to put the foot on their own necks.
Elliot Millner, who is also in the legal profession, intelligently said the things that I am sure Eric Holder wanted to say. But unlike Holder, Millner is not constrained by the political shackles that come with being an appointed leader in a society that makes a habit of oppressing, destroying and marginalizing black men.
In his speech, Holder said that, "It should simply be unacceptable for a man to have a child and then not play an integral part in the raising and nurturing of the child."
That quote is a nice way of reflecting on the obvious. It’s sort of like saying, "It should be unacceptable for a black man to become the Attorney General of the United States and not play an integral part in helping other black men overcome the blatantly racist and destructive justice system over which you preside."

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2 Responses to “Eric Holder Talks to Black Fathers in a way that Doesn’t Make Sense”

  1. Kirklandjg December 21, 2009 at 11:45 pm #

    Stop “tripping” and look around you. Of course there’s racism and there always will be, but this fact does not give license for old and young black men that get women (period) pregnant, or the young black boys that get young girls pregnant, to be freed of the responsibility of taking care of their progeny. For which, they take great pleasure in boasting of to their friends and acquaintancies after the fact(birth). I know this to be true for I live in the my black community and see the results everyday. Peace and Much Love in Christ Jesus, and Merry Christmas.

    • George R. McCasland December 26, 2009 at 4:38 am #

      Holder showed his complete lack of understanding of the issues of fatherless children. The reason a man chooses not to be a father to his children is because he was taught by his mother than fathers don’t count for anything and are unimportant. Even those who try to be a part of their children’s lives are for the most part denied access, despite court orders.

      According to the US Dept. of Health & Human Services study, “Survey of Absentee Parents” over 60% of mothers regularly violate the access rights of fathers, cutting off all contact between the children and their fathers within five years. Unlike child support, mothers are not jailed, even with multiple Contempt of Court ruling against them for violating the fathers’ court ordered visitation rights.

      In 1998, I got Missouri’s RSMO 565.156-1(5) passed:
      1. A person commits the crime of child abduction if he or she:
      (5) Having legal custody of the child pursuant to a valid court order, removes, takes, detains, conceals or entices away that child within or without the state, without good cause, and with the intent to deprive the custody or visitation rights of another person.
      2. Child abduction is a class D felony.

      In over 20 years, every Missouri County Prosecutor has refused to enforce this law against mothers, yet if he were to simply take the children on his designate weekend, without her permission, he would get arrested under the same law.

      http://www.moga.mo.gov/statutes/C500-599/5650000156.HTM

      If Holder wants to make a point, he should cut out the politically correct anti father rhetoric, and ask our President to issue a Presidential Proclamation that the states are to immediate begin obeying Public Law 12 (1988) and develop equal enforcement programs for court ordered parental access as they have for court ordered child support.

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