No Wedding, No Womb, No Future?
by Tamera Robinson
In the past few weeks, the Black blogosphere exploded over an online campaign aimed at reducing the 70% out-of-wedlock births in the African American community.Â Â According to â€œNo Wedding, No Wombâ€ (NWNW) organizer Christelyn D. Karazin, too many Black women are making poor choices when choosing fathers for their children.Â In addition, Karazin argues that too many Black men are abdicating their responsibilities as parents.Â The end result is a community with what Karazin considers dysfunction, one characterized by higher crime, poor education, poverty, and unemployment.
Whether fatherless and low marriage rates are the root causes of these problems for Black America has been debated non-stop on blogs, Twitter, and even mainstream media outlets such as National Public Radio.Â What is missing from these debates are the possible political and policy implications for the future of African Americans.
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