Dwyane Wade’s Beautiful Father’s Day Essay

June 12, 2011  |  

 

NBA superstar Dwyane Wade recently gained full custody of his two young sons after a very nasty and very public divorce. The circumstances of him gaining custody are sad and unfortunate, but how refreshing it is to see a father (especially a young black father) fully embracing fatherhood.  We  are bombarded with alarming statistics about absentee fathers in the black community, so it’s nice to see such a public figure shattering that stereotype. Daddy Wade put together an eloquent and thought provoking fatherhood essay for Newsweek and it just melts your heart.

I can’t say what we’ll do for Father’s Day, because since my sons came to live with me about two months ago, every day has been like Father’s Day. I just want people—men, and men of color in particular—to hear my story and know that their children need them and that it’s their responsibility to be there for them. We have to step up as men and do our part. There are no excuses.

President Obama has appointed Wade to be a part of a special parenting program that encourages fathers to be more active parents.

We hardly ever hear about single fathers, but they do exist. My father raised me as a single parent from my teenage years on and I could not be more appreciative of his dedication to parenthood.  I’m a firm believer in not getting “credit” for stuff you’re supposed to do (ie nobody gave me a slow clap for taking a shower this morning) and I definitely put taking care of a child you helped to create in that “supposed to do” category. However, we just don’t see enough coverage of those super hero dads.

It’s not Father’s Day yet, but let’s give a hearty salute to those men out there who take on the duties of being a good dad with pride. We see you!

 

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