Thursday, July 05, 2007

Young Adults in the NAACP Need To Fight for Families by Akindele Akinyemi


I had to speak out against this mock funeral that will be taking place on Monday, July 9, 2007 here in Detroit, Michigan.

The funeral of the N-word sponsored by the NAACP Youth & College Division.

According to the NAACP:

The mock funeral is a part of the NAACP “STOP” Campaign an initiative of the NAACP Youth & College Division that seeks to “STOP” the demeaning images of African Americans in the media, particularly with respect to the portrayal of African American women. These images are also reflected in songs and music videos that show half-dressed women being objectified by men. The NAACP, through its STOP Campaign calls on those outside and especially those within the Black community to Stop Defaming our Women, Degrading our Community, and Denigrating our History. No word defames, degrades and denigrates like the N-Word and we want to STOP it!

What is our younger leadership in the NAACP up to these days? I am certain that there are more important things to discuss when it comes to policy than the "burial" of the N-Word.

Do not get me wrong. I strongly feel that no one should use the word in the ANY lexicon on the planet. But I do not think any division in the NAACP should be leading the way. Especially when we have young people in the same organization who will be saying the N-word right after this "mock" funeral. If not saying things worse than that.

It is a ridiculous march and I blame those old guard leaders in the NAACP for even endorsing this when there are more things young adults can be doing with their time.

If our youth in the NAACP want to do something worthwhile why not create a movement dealing with rebuilding the family by rebuilding the man in the home. How many young people who will be marching Monday morning grew up without fathers in their homes? One in three American children live in fatherless homes.

One out of three.

This is a national disaster. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Justice, Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Census Bureau: 63 percent of all youth suicides; 71 percent of pregnant teenagers; 85 percent of all youth in prisons; 90 percent of all homeless and runaway children; and 71 percent of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes.

I am pretty sure that the young adults in the NAACP understand how most fathers don’t want to leave their children. They love their kids and want to be engaged in every aspect of their lives. Men hurt and feel pain when they cannot be with their kids. To suggest otherwise is not only insulting to men, it’s a bold-faced lie.

Society routinely degrades fathers. Men are typically depicted by Hollywood as inadequate and useless beings who are nothing more than comedic props.

What our young adults in the NAACP need to do is lead a march on burying single-parent families and lead a new light on bringing back two-parent homes back in our community.

For instance, many sisters who I counsel with are quick to point out everything their man is doing wrong, but it's rare to find one who will honestly admit that she’s screwed up the kids or that she’s driving her mate crazy.

It's time that we look at the role women play in driving men out of the home and separating them from their children. That’s not to say that men don't bear the brunt of the responsibility for their weakness. Men need to learn how to deal with women with strength and patience – this is love.

The role that women play in fathers leaving the home is never discussed on Oprah or written about in any notable publications. The NAACP has failed to discuss this, yet, they hate on Black Conservatives who support rebuilding the family first.

Women are viewed as innocent and harmless creatures in our community. On the other hand, feminists have long perpetuated the myth that the straight, traditional African American male is a Neanderthal.

Our brothers typically marry for love and to raise children. The mistake they make is that they're looking for love from the wrong source. Brothers should not look for love from women. Rather they should find God's love and pass that love down to the wife and children.

There's an order to life: God in Christ, Christ in man, man over woman, and woman over children. When this order is broken or violated there is no peace.

Our young adults in the NAACP should not fall to the foolishness of their old counterparts who are merely seeking TV and Radio time. If young adults want to break the N-Word forever on radio and TV then the answer lies within economics by pulling ads off these media markets.

Another answer is to begin rebuilding families through the church. While the NAACP is marching to bury the N-word they still support abortions, same sex marriages, educational choices and any other ridiculous entity that further degrades the Black Community.

Allow me to give our young adults an answer to this madness. If you want to rally then join me and our One Network on Saturday, August 18, 2007 in Washington D.C to rally to help preserve our families here in the United States. There are so many factors that are breaking our families apart and while you are marching this coming Monday more families will be torn apart due to Friends of Court, Title IV-D, unemployment, and lack of educational opportunities.

I am asking that our young adults in the NAACP become more conservative in their thinking when it comes to moving our community forward. Remember, family values through educational choices will create wealth creation and that is something your old guard in the NAACP do not want to expose you to in this day and age.

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