Skip to comments.President Obama Wants to `Create a Buzz’ About Fatherhood (Barber Shop Summit)
Posted on 06/14/2012 4:44:37 AM PDT by YourAdHere
On Fathers Day eve, the Obama administration will launch a unique program it hopes will create a buzz about responsible fatherhood that will be a close as a local barbershop.
Fatherhood Buzz, an eight-city pilot program that is a part of the presidents Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative, and is designed to educate about responsible fatherhood and parenting and to help men find ways to become positive influences in their childrens lives.
We want to create a conversation so were having a more critical discussion about fatherhood, said Kenneth Braswell, director of the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the Initiative.
And theres no better hub for that conversation than the community barbershopespecially in Black neighborhoods, Braswell said. On June 16 the program will be launched in more than 100 barbershops in eight cities across the nation: Albany, N.Y.; Atlanta, Ga.; Chicago, Ill.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Milwaukee Wis.; New York, N.Y.;?Philadelphia, Pa.; and Washington, D.C.
Most men are more comfortable getting advice, support or resources from the people they trust, Braswell said. [And,] the barbershop has the institutional history of speaking to the hearts of men and boys that come to them every two weeks.
He added, The long-term strategy is to empower grassroots businesses to be a resource to the same people they serve.
Public discussions about responsible fatherhood have often focused on the sensationalbaby daddy drama, dead-beat dads and child support, Braswell said. But the more critical conversation is about family and about children having two parents in their lives.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, an estimated 24 million (one in three) children live without their biological father. And children who live absent of their biological fathers are, on average, at least two to three times more likely to be poor, to use drugs, to experience educational, health, emotional and behavioral problems, to be victims of child abuse and to engage in criminal behavior than their peers who live with their married, biological (or adoptive) parents.
In a positive trend, however, 86 percent of dads say they spend more time with their children than their fathers did with them, according to a national online survey by the Ad Council.
Men are understanding more of the [importance of fatherhood]; its the resources that they are lacking that serves as the catalyst of their inability to provide for their children adequately in the way they desire, Braswell said.
And finances tend to be the least available resourceparticularly among low-income, often minority men. And those men will be the primary focus of the first stage of the initiative, which is focused on promoting economic stability. Every three the programs focus or buzz will change.
Black men are suffering under multiple stresses Theyre at the bottom of the pole when it comes to social ills, Braswell said, addressing concerns that Obamas responsible fatherhood efforts seem directed at Black men.
Black men are disproportionately incarcerated; they have a disproportionately high school dropout rate and they are inordinately jobless, he added. And, he hopes Fatherhood Buzz will help provide the resources these men need, particularly employment opportunities.
We have to find support mechanisms to get them back into school or to get training for a better job, he said.
>>Black men are suffering under multiple stresses Theyre at the bottom of the pole when it comes to social ills, Braswell said, addressing concerns that Obamas responsible fatherhood efforts seem directed at Black men.<<
These poor, innocent waifs - this situation just thrust upon them out of nowhere. Of course, it has absolutely NOTHING to do with the choices they make in life, you see, they’re just born into hopeless situations. What crap.
>>Black men are disproportionately incarcerated;<<
So stop committing crimes.
>>they have a disproportionately high school dropout rate<<
So stay in school.
>>and they are inordinately jobless, he added.<<
So quit partying on the stoop all night. Start getting up at dawn. Bust your hump and EARN a paycheck.
It’s really not that difficult.
There, that was easy - where’s my grant money!?
1. Sign up for food stamps.
2. Sign up for Welfare.
3. Now that you don’t have to work, come to “Obama for President” rallies.
4. When you’re not at “Obama for President” rallies, protest Capitalism by blocking traffic during rush hour.
It’s really sad that we have reached a point in this country where we have an entire class of men who have to be taught to be fathers because they had none of their own to emulate.
I guess that making men optional by letting the state become the provider through welfare isn’t such a good thing after all. A failed social experiment.
Bill Cosby tried this a few years ago and was slammed by ‘community groups’ and welfare queens. What makes Obama’s attempt a possible success is that he won’t make an honest attempt to change things.
You want fathers, stop killing jobs!
So, advice from the Barber Shop now replaces advice from the Holy Book — which is, to marry, stay committed to your spouse, work hard, pay your taxes, and obey the law.
Waiting with baited breath to hear the Barber Shop solution to the Black Man’s ills ...
Black men are disproportionately incarcerated; they have a disproportionately high school dropout rate
But we’ve GIVEN them schools. We’ve spent trillions on them. We’ve given them AMPLE opportunities to better themselves.
and they are inordinately jobless, he added. And, he hopes Fatherhood Buzz will help provide the resources these men need, particularly employment opportunities.
But we’ve GIVEN them employment opportunities, for YEARS. We’ve given them Affirmative Action. We’ve given them FOOD, CLOTHING, HEALTHCARE, CELL PHONES, HOMES and everything else.
Maybe it’s time to STOP giving them everything!
GUBMIT is like the world’s worst parent!
The concept of the Father is the primary target of his ideology.
Destroy the father, destroy the family.
Destroy the family, destroy the society.
Destroy the society, destroy liberty.
Give them what they need, and they’ll hold out their hands for what they want.
Let them feel a bit of a hungry belly, and they’ll strive to achieve.
A working man’s appetite acts on his behalf, because his hunger presses him on.
But den dat will stop da gubmint' check from comin' where she stay at.
A Buzz-Cut requires 'cutting'.....Barry doesn't know how to fiscally do that...
The flip side of 'cutting' is that Fathers have been cut out of family life for decades in many communities...liberals know how to do that...
“Where’s my grant money?”
Don’t you have to write a proposal first? Actually, you wrote the proposal AND the final report all in one. Well done.
These irresponsible bastards are all “obama’s sons”. They look just like the grandchildren of ann dunham and her sire who thought nothing of abandoning their children.
“One of President Obama’s more bizarre quirks consists of referring to his “sons” when speaking in public. (Go here to see a partial list of Obama’s other outlandish comments.)”
I like the idea of encouraging good fatherhood. It’s the “lets have a conversation about this” that troubles me. Eric Holder wanted there to be a “conversation” about race in America, but not really.
If there is a “conversation” about fatherhood, whose part of the conversation is going to be left out or actively shouted down?
Does the President still perform his "Saturday Afternoon Radio Broadcasts?" If so, I haven't heard anything come out of these for a while...he probably tweets all of his fatherly encouragements in this modern age.
And if so, that's fine. But when has he used some of these technologies to encourage fatherhood? He could've done so in a positive, non-political way, befitting the office of President. He could've used his web sites and his Facebook pages to broadcast these "conversations," but to my knowledge, we've not see any of this.