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Old 04-02-2015   #1
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an important project for social consideration

Found a great article about a photographer who documents a single black father and his son...

It try's to expose that most single dads are doing the best they can to raise their child (children), despite a false assumption that much of society has!



Link >> http://www.imagedeconstructed.com/po...ght-on-zun-lee


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wow, thanks for sharing.
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There is some very good work in the note, in addition to the very original and socially responsible topic. Thanks for posting DNG!
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This is great. As many of you know, I am a single father. My son has not seen or heard from his mother in years, so its just been him and I. Our society constantly paints men as deadbeats and losers. As the article said, Black men get hit with this stereotype the hardest, but white men get it too. Our world is full of single moms who are portrayed as victims of men who ran off and abandoned their kids, and there is a whole infrastructure in our society devoted to supporting the single mother.

A single mom who is poor will have everything she needs handed to her, and she does not have to work for it. The state will give her a free apartment, free medical care, food stamps, and a monthly cash payment. They'll also hunt down the father and make him pay child support, even if he is just as poor as the mother, and will treat him as a criminal if he cannot pay.

On top of the state's support, the single mom can get money, clothes, food, and other help from countless charities devoted to helping single moms.

Single dads like Jerell and I who raise our kids by ourselves? We're invisible, and no one gives a damn if we or our kids live or die. In Indiana, there is no welfare, no private charities, no anything for poor single dads.

There are a lot of us out there. I personally know several others. In every case, the kid is better off without his/her mother. You'll never see stories in the news about that, though!

Jarell's story is important, and I'm glad to see stories like his finally covered in the media.
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It is a fascinating story and the photos are top notch. This is great stuff.
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Strong work. Thanks for the link.
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A different perspective: I was a single dad, as the mother took off with another man. I raised my daughter to never be bitter or resentful and never speak ill of her mother. I found that the entitlements (ie welfare and such) were offered to me and my daughter at the same level as if I were a single mom. Although I hate the way Western countries hand out welfare like candy, I am forever appreciative of that 1 year from Hell when Big Brother lent me a helping hand. Now 20 years later all parties are on good terms.
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A different perspective: I was a single dad, as the mother took off with another man. I raised my daughter to never be bitter or resentful and never speak ill of her mother. I found that the entitlements (ie welfare and such) were offered to me and my daughter at the same level as if I were a single mom. Although I hate the way Western countries hand out welfare like candy, I am forever appreciative of that 1 year from Hell when Big Brother lent me a helping hand. Now 20 years later all parties are on good terms.

It depends on the state you live in. Indiana is a lot different!
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A different perspective: I was a single dad, as the mother took off with another man. I raised my daughter to never be bitter or resentful and never speak ill of her mother. I found that the entitlements (ie welfare and such) were offered to me and my daughter at the same level as if I were a single mom. Although I hate the way Western countries hand out welfare like candy, I am forever appreciative of that 1 year from Hell when Big Brother lent me a helping hand. Now 20 years later all parties are on good terms.
Contratulations on all your hard work. Welfare was intended to be "a hand up, not a hand out" as many have said. It's those that don't try to support themselves that are the problem.
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It depends on the state you live in. Indiana is a lot different!
Of course, nothing is the same everywhere.
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