Former first lady Michelle Obama — Black, educated, and without question the walking embodiment of persuasive reason — commanded the (cyber) stage on opening night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

Offering her speech as a national call to build a better America, to reverse the torrent of bigotry, misogyny, to end the vilification of peaceful anti-racist protesters, as well as the abuse leveled upon immigrant children, Obama orated her call to action with steady cadence and clarity. With steady cadence and clarity.

It is abundantly clear that Obama’s emphasis on children is exactly what we, the residents of the…

Thousands of children will mourn the loss of their fathers on Sunday, including the children of George Floyd, Eric Garner, Philando Castile, Rayshard Brooks, Alton Sterling, Michael Dean, Cameron Lamb, Demetrius Williams, Steven Demarco Taylor, and many more.

We, as a Black community, need our men and are demanding that their murders cease.

While ‘bad-apple’ police officers and prison guards continue to torture and murder Black men (and women), national critiques about the failure of Black fatherhood ensues. Mark Anthony Neal, Professor of African and African American Studies at Duke University explains that the ‘absent Black father’ “has been rendered a truism in the popular American imagination, so much so that the presence of an actual black father is viewed as disruptive; it’s as if the concept of an involved engaged black father is unfathomable.”

Is it unfathomable…

Robin P. Chapdelaine, Ph.D.

Author of The Persistence of Slavery: An Economic History of Child Trafficking in Nigeria -

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