Chicago Sun-Times Critic of NWNW Takes Heat from Readers

Chicago Sun-Times Critic of NWNW Takes Heat from Readers

Chicago Sun-Times columnist, Mary Mitchell’s piece, “Kicking Single Moms While Thier Down,” was a critical piece in response to NWNW got blowback from readers sick and tired of the same old excuses.

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Chicago Sun-Times columnist, Mary Mitchell, wrote “Kicking Single Moms While Thier Down,”  a critical piece in response to NWNW and the Associated Press article that highlighted the astounding 72 percent out-of-wedlock rate in the black community.

Chicago Sun-Times Columnist, Mary Mitchell

Many took issue with her stance:

Many of them wanted the white dress. They wanted to walk down somebody’s aisle. They wanted a glittering diamond on their left hand.

But pregnancy happened.

Apparently, Mitchell’s readers would have none of it. Take a read at the comments:

citygirl81 wrote:

As a “black” woman that’s 29, with no children & a graduate degree who grew up low income housing, this is by far the most RIDICULOUS thing I have ever read! Pregnancy is NOT an accident, it is the result of failing to plan appropriately. This garbage you wrote is just continuing the blame game. This was of no value and might as well not be written.
11/12/2010 12:56 PM CST on suntimes.com

blackmamba wrote:

America’s war on drugs is primarily a war on young black non-violent drug offenders whose purpose it is to dienfranchise and marginalize the African American community. Along with devloping a prison industry in white rural America.

White non -violent drug offenders are sent to rehab and treated as a social health and medical problem worthy of societal compassion and assistance.

While similarly situated African Americans are steered into the criminal justice system which marks and lowers them socioeconomically educationally and politically for life. e.g. Michelle Alexander” The New Jim Crow” and Khalil Gibran Muhammad’s “The Condemnation of Blackness”.

America has more people in prison per capita and in absolute numbers than any nation on Earth. Much worse even than apartheid South Africa or the Soviet Union.

Illegal white drug users like George W.Bush, Bill Clinton, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Cindy McCain and Betty Ford go on to bigger and better things. While America sets out to destroy black families.

Mary do you ever know anything about anything at all?

ilovemypeople wrote:

I USED TO ENCOURAGE MY TWO GIRLS TO READ YOUR COMMENTS WHEN THEY WERE VERY YOUNG. THEN SOMETHING HAPPENED.
I DID NOT KNOW WHAT HAPPENED UNTIL I ATTENDED A GRADUATION PROGRAM AT ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY(THEN COLLEGE) WHERE YOU SAID YOUR DAUGHTER BROUGHT A BABY BACK FROM COLLEGE INSTEAD OF A DEGREE. THEN I UNDERSTOOD YOUR HATRED FOR BLACK BROTHERS.
MY TWO GIRLS WENT TO THE SAME UNIVERSITY IN WASHINGTON LIKE YOUR DAUGHTER. ONE IS HAPPILY MARIED AND ON HER WAY TO BECOMING A MEDICAL DOCTOR. THE OTHER IS PURSUEING HER MASTERS IN EDUCATION AND HER LEGAL CAREER.
EVEN WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA WON, YOU WROTE THAT NOTHING WILL CHANGE UNLESS BLACK MEN BLAH BLAH BLAH. I RESPECT WOMANHOOD TOO MUCH TO SAY MORE THAN I FEEL SORRY FOR YOU.
IF YOU BELIEVE IN GOD PLEASE PRAYERFULLY READ YOUR WRITING BEFORE SENDING IT OUT.GOD IS NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS , NOT EVEN THE almighty black woman.

]o_>fb9 wrote:
Mary:

Are you for real?

Society should be kicking these so call single moms where the sun does not shine. They become pregnant out of wedlock because they “can”. They “can” because they know they have a cushion to fall back on such as “taxpayers” who will pay for their food, shelter, drugs & yes, birth control. I am not about to feel sorry for them. I am not just speaking about “black single woman”; this is to all woman of all races who follow this path.

There’s this lady in my neighborhood who emigrated from Sicily 30 years ago; she became pregnant 3 times with 3 different fathers & never married; she like these other women have “milked” the system for years.

I am ashamed just talking about this. This is disgusting & intolerable to say the least.

craigeej wrote:

If “our sons” have never seen their mothers with a man let alone a husband who respects and loves them I think the answer to your questions are obvious.

pres46 wrote:

Mary, I usually agree with the vast majority of your columns but on this issue you are as wrong as two left shoes. Enough with the excuses. Oprah’s been on the air for nearly three decades discussing this stuff. These men are triflin’ and these women even more triflin’ for bringing babies into a situation that is wrong from jump street: As best you can, do not bring children into the world without the benefit of a two-parent family. Period.

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  1. Zabeth
    November 13, 2010

    I don’t disagree with Mary completely. We aren’t trying to kick single mothers while their down and we need to mention the 72% rate because the only way you can make change is being real and upfront about the issue. But she is right that men and the lack of respect for women and marriage is part of the problem.

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