In his latest YouTube video, Russell brand scoffs and giggles over the idea that black Americans’ troubles are stemming from the collapse of their family structure, attributing it instead to “White Privilege”.
I’ve got the video linked below. It contains cuts of debate between Tavis Smiley and Bill O’Reilly.
Tavis Smiley: “What we need is a government that makes it main priority jobs, jobs, jobs…”
I hate to say it but there’s a pretty good chance this man grew up without a father.* Over 73% of African American children do. You can see in his thinking that he is still waiting for a parental figure (the government) to swoop in and save him. My heart breaks for that. But it needs to be called out. And this thinking needs to end.
Some people love to romanticize single motherhood. You know, that “hard working single mother selfless hero” myth? A single mother is basically someone who made the single most important decision in her life a bad one and now an innocent child (or 2, or 4. or 7) will pay the consequence.
When you are a child in a single parent family there is nothing romantic about it.
Having to explain to the teacher every year that you don’t have a father on Father’s day. Addressing the father’s day card to the neighbor because he was the one who taught you how to ride a bike and hearing his wife yell at him about it later. Looking around at the kids who do have fathers and wondering what was so wrong with you. Being so starved for attention that when a man comes over to visit, you and your siblings literally fight to get his attention so badly that he gets exasperated and leaves. Having to ask your mother what ‘bastard’ means… are you getting the picture yet?
Although I have enough respect for her to allot her the responsibility of her choices, I do think that society enabled and contributed to my mother having multiple children with different fathers, none of which stuck around, while on welfare. I remember social workers coming around to the house every time she got pregnant and explaining to her just how much more money she would be receiving.
It almost seems like a very underhanded way of keeping the
lower classes growing while looking like a saint for your
In the wild, if a rabbit has more babies than it has available resources, they die off. In North America, a hand reaches out of the sky and gives them more resources than they had before the babies were born. Something is very wrong with that and god is it ever unpopular to say so.
Then people like O’Reilly come along and because of the energy behind his words (defensive) and the look on his face (hateful and ignorant), his message which is actually true, gets lost.
We are part of a system that has been using charity to keep people down for way too long. Most people will now attack you for even pointing this out. It’s like the pigs that are happy that the farmer is feeding them more and more food. Don’t you dare be the one to point out that maybe it’s not such a good idea to gobble it up without questioning why!
This extremely popular method of thinking is harming children. It harmed me. So I will keep speaking about it. Popular or not.
* Ah, I was right. God, I wish I could give this guy a hug. It is a pain to the soul to be without a father. But he needs to wake up. Taken from Tavis Smiley’s wikipedia page: “Tavis Smiley was born in Gulfport, Mississippi, the son of Joyce Marie Roberts, a single mother who first became pregnant at age 18”