In honor of Father’s Day, MN wanted to talk to black men who aren’t dads yet about why they aspire to be a parent one day. With so many narratives circulating around our communities regarding Black men abandoning their families, we wanted to highlight men who are eager to be a loving support to a new generation of Black lives one day.
Cashwayne Brown,30, Engaged
“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” states Malcolm X. Being informed and understanding the critical role of a father figure, most notably a black father figure, is beneficial and a pillar necessary for the development of the black family in society. In a 2015 study by Thomas, Krampe and Newton, the results showed how a father’s lack of presence in the home resulted in several negative effects on a child’s life, ranging from education performance to teen pregnancy. The opposite was observed when a father was present. I believe it is my moral, social and ethical responsibility to not only myself but to my ancestors to one day transition into fatherhood. I view fatherhood as a blessing and an opportunity to positively impact my race with regards to the apparent adversities young black men are facing in today’s society. It is clear that my family will have an advantage to thrive, to bridge the gap, as a result of me being present and acting as a positive role model and a father figure.