Down in the District
Washington, DC, United States
The Black Public Health Student Network (BPHSN) of The George Washington University (GW) was established to develop Black leaders in the Washington, DC public health community. We exist to support and guide Black public health students in academic, professional, service and social endeavors, to encourage cooperation and closer ties between Black students of GW’s School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS), to establish a vehicle through which our concerns are brought to bear on GW policies, and to advocate for sound public health for the community at large.
Many believe the “village” concept of raising a child is not working, but it cannot work if we do not “absorb foreign experiences” that will lead to our expansion as a people. Thus, there is more than one way to raise a child. As mothers and fathers, we have to create support systems to keep us sane, to nurture our children when we are absent or in addition to, to offer advice, and to create a community.
Practically all African American legislators and policy makers have (wisely) stayed away from the NWNW fray. To engage in such a controversial, and quite personal, topic would serve to alienate a good portion of their constituents. Ironically, many of these same constituents are suffering the most from the problems Karazin and her supporters believe stem from homes headed by single mothers.
In the third week of this “movement”, it is still quite early to determine what are substantive outcomes of its premise. While the founder, Karazin admits that she does not have all the answers, it will be interesting to see how exactly she will propose to get black people married before having children when there appears to be no particular game plan in place.