Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Move along, nothing to see here. As Cliff would say.

Music Matters: The Voice of the Fatherless in Hip-Hop

According to Harvard magazine, “Now 57 percent of women with high-school degrees or less education are unmarried when they bear their first child.” Ultimately and sadly, without the covenantal bonds of marriage many of these children will not know their fathers. Additionally, the overall divorce rate is hovering around 30% with African-American women exceeding that national average by 20%. Whites and African-Americans then can both easily identify their struggle in hip hop music, since it communicates the anguish, resentment and grief of life without a father.

Meanwhile at DCF, what do I mostly see? I see paternal abandonment as the trigger to many of the child's wounds.


  1. I know it isn't exactly the correct solution, but I do think that for every live birth there should be a registered Father and Mother and the Commonwealth should create a legal responsibility of the Father toward the child, including a requirement to recognize birthdays and at least one winter holiday (e.g., Christmas or Kwanzaa).  The registered Father shall have to receive and endorse all school report cards and shall provide money for college for when the child graduates from high school and enters college.  The Father shall provide child support to the Mother.

    Then there will be a legal connection that might have long term social consequences.  Not marriage, but a legal connection.

    Regards  —  Cliff

  2. http://www.mass.gov/dor/child-support/your-child-support/information-about-child-support/paternity-establishment/frequently-asked-questions.html

    Affidavit of Paternit