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Don't Believe the Hype: Black Fathers Aren't as Absent as the Media Reports

Don’t Believe the Hype: Black Fathers Aren’t as Absent as the Media Reports

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How many times have we all seen images of deadbeat fathers throughout the media? More than we can possibly count I’m sure.

These deadbeat dads usually fit a certain mold. Young, black, an adult but immature.

This stereotype has been shown so often that many people believe it to be true. However, a new study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has revealed that for the most part that image of young black fathers is dead wrong.

The truth is, the perception of a deadbeat dad epidemic isn’t affecting black children in the United States as much as you’d think. According to this study, black men are more likely to engage in intimate activities with their children like bathing, playing, and dining as compared to their white and Hispanic counterparts.

And as studies have shown, having an active father is indispensable to a child’s success.

For this study, the CDC surveyed nearly 4,000 American men of all races. One man that took part was Doyin Richards, a young African American father.

When interviewed by NBC Nightly News he had this to say:

Being a black dad in 2015 is complicated. In addition to managing toddler tantrums, diaper┬áchanges, and play-dates – I can’t help but notice society’s perception of me. When I’m with my kids, I get overwhelming praise due to the bar for black fathers being so low that you could trip over it. Internally, I’m like, ‘Hey, this is what I’m supposed to do. I don’t want any props for this.’

To read the entire report on fatherhood in America click here.

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