Why I reject the racist myth of the absent black father

For sure, this topic is complex, and though there are black families who have experienced the absence of fathers and father figures, the notion that most or all black families are navigating that particular experience is simply not true.

This absent Black father narrative leaves out the important perspectives and experiences of many, and therefore qualifies it as a myth. And not just a myth, but an incredibly damaging myth, because it overshadows the reality that there are so many ways black men have and continue to show up for their families and communities, yet continue to be vilified or completely left out of the dominant narrative about black fatherhood in America.

Read it at Everyday Feminism.

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