(theLoop21) –It’s not often that a rapper emerges as a voice for conservative thought, but this week Grammy nominee T.I. may have unwittingly done just that. In an emotionally raw letter penned in his prison cell he expressed his desire to make sure that his own children never end up where he is. His solution for insuring this: being an involved father. He writes:
“A lot of folks had fathers or father figures in the house to raise them into manhood. I’m not trying to make any excuses for my situation but my father was a hustler that lived in New York … My mother and grandparents did the best they could but I found my manhood in the trap and in prison systems. But I found it.”
Despite the fact that the percentage of children born to single mothers has skyrocketed from 5 percent to 41 percent over the last 50 years, and has increased to over 70 percent among black Americans, T.I. is not alone in fearing that this trend is having a detrimental impact on children, and society at large.