Who Gets to Speak the Truth?

Who Gets to Speak the Truth?

Whether is Mike Huckabee, Bill Cosby, or Barack Obama, it seems that NOBODY is “qualified” to speak the truth.

Author : Christelyn Karazin

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Christelyn is married with four children.

Last week folks were all in a huff because Mike Huckabee took issue with Natalie Portman’s out-of-wedlock pregnancy. He thought it sent the wrong message to the Young & The Gullible.

Here’s what he said:

“There aren’t really a lot of single moms out there who are making millions of dollars every year for being in a movie,” Huckabee said, per the liberal group MediaMatters. “And I think it gives a distorted image … Most single moms are very poor, uneducated, can’t get a job, and if it weren’t for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death and never have health care. And that’s the story that we’re not seeing.”

Huckabee’s remark was met with outrage, especially in the black community, who has a whopping 73% out-of-wedlock rate.

How ironic.

What part of what Huckabee said wasn’t true? Most single mothers live in poverty.  Many single parents are uneducated and unemployable.  And if most single mothers live in poverty, chances are, they and/or their children are getting government assistance.

So what’s the problem?  Is it because he’s an old, Christian white dude?  Some on Facebook told me, “It’s not the message, it’s the messenger.” How come?

He spoke the truth.  But we’re such babies, we can’t seem to handle it.  Whether it’s Mike Huckabee, Billy Cosby, Barack Obama or me and over 100 other bloggers, we’re all not “credible” enough to say the sky is blue, huh?

Boy.  Black folks sure do have a problem with who can and can not tell them their poo poo stinks. #justsaying


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  1. Tweeting and forwarding to others. How did we get here? I know several young women (white and black) pregnant or young mothers, about to lose their grants, funding, etc., for school because they are getting married. Maybe this also needs to be addressed. Why do we punish women for making marriage the choice?


    • ncatina
      March 6, 2011

      I believe the issue of losing assistance as these women get married involves having a man (historically known to be the provider in the relationship) doing what the government has already done for the last five decades. I understand the reasoning for your likely angst, but the situation would be better to extend assistance w/strict requirements and time limits to singles w/dependents.

      Couples have more of an opportunity to provide for a family than those that are not married, as many of the articles on this blog illustrate time and again.


      • Christelyn Karazin
        March 6, 2011

        It is twisted situation. I know this first hand: women are rewarded for their single-hood and penalized if they marry. This is one of the reasons “how” we got here.


  2. Brian
    March 6, 2011

    fine you are a single woman who has a child, so why can’t you get an education and get out of poverty? how is it that if you say you can “do it all” then why are you so lazy and not educating yourself to get a good paying job and get out of poverty? The reason is that they have to too good on government assistance and are unwilling to do what it takes to get off. I compare it to a dog that is a stray on the street the more you feed it it will always come back and then it will become less independent. So then obviously you cant do it all and your logic is flawed.


  3. Gimmeabreak78
    March 8, 2011

    Black people always get upset with the messenger on the issue, rather than coming to grips with the fact that message is true as it relates to us. It’s time for us to grow up on this issue. Seventy-two percent illegitimacy rate in the black community is not cute, period.