According to a New York Times story, a woman browsing Father’s Day cards in a Dallas Target store suffered terrible grief after coming across one featuring a black couple kissing with the words “Baby Daddy” in pink cursive script.
Inside, the card said: “You’re a wonderful husband and father – and I’m so grateful to have you as my partner, my friend, and my baby daddy! Happy Father’s Day.”
“Baby daddy” refers to a child's father but can also be used in ebonics to refer to an absentee father. Evidently using the term on a greeting card that features a black couple is an outrageously offensive act that perpetuates a stereotype.
Cue the social media outrage, the subsequent apology and yanking of the greeting card.
But, where there’s smoke there’s often fire, and when it comes to fatherlessness in the black community, sadly we’re talking about a raging bonfire.
In the U.S., more than 70% of black children are born out of wedlock and the black homicide rate is almost four times the national average.
Is there a connection between the lack of strong father figures in the black community and crime?
I think there is, and it’s downright tragic.