Wednesday, September 10, 2008


Ok, so much has been said about black men abandoning their kids. Yes, 70% of black kids grow up in homes without a father present. This would mean that 30% of kids grow up in homes with a father present. However, recent studies have shown that black men, present at home or not, are more caring, and spend time with their kids than any other ethnicity. Unfortunately, this never gets reported in the media. Some fathers do spend time with their kids.

Check this out...

MEMPHIS, TN -- A man is behind bars after leaving his
3-year-old son behind after crashing his car and then fleeing on foot.

Forty-six-year-old David Coopwood was charged with driving
under the influence and child endangerment after a minor traffic accident Sunday

A police affidavit said Coopwood tried to run from the scene
but was chased down and held for authorities by two witnesses to the accident.

Coopwood is accused of leaving his son, who was not properly
restrained, sitting on the front seat of his car.

Witnesses say they boy suffered minor injuries when the car's
air bag deployed.

The boy's mother came and picked him up from the accident
scene according to police.

Coopwood later blew a .323 on a breathalyzer test.

He was charged with DUI, public intoxication, and violating
child restraint laws.


Ok, so this guy was drunk, and yes he abandoned his kid after wrecking the car. But hey, at least he was there with his kid, right? According to statistics, 70% of black kids wish they were as fortunate as his 3yr old kid. I dunno, maybe the dude ran because he didn't have insurance? Maybe he shoulda got GEICO with ya money?

Damn I love Memphis!


The Black Russian said...

hey i enjoy your blogs... I think him being s---faced drunk cancels out the fact that he was "there" for his son he could of killed his son and left him not knowing if he was ok or not.... I'm all for father being with there kids but i rather be alone if your gonna in danger me than leave me on top of it...

is it really that crazy in Memphis??? im from NYC enlighten me lol

The Socialite said...

I think that in this case I agree with the black russian, I think that I rather be without my father, than get killed by him.

This one incident doesn't however mean that he was a bad father, but was careless, and should suffer for it.

But I do agree that so often we talk about the lack of fathers in the home, but we never celebrate the fathers that are there. We never truly celebrate the fathers that are great!

Maybe if we spent more time saying congrats, then pointing out the negative, we might encourage more people to be better!

brightstarr said...

"I think that in this case I agree with the black russian, I think that I rather be without my father, than get killed by him." - Ditto

I don't think a "congrats" is necessary for being a good father. You SHOULD be a good father. It will be appreciated, but no, I will not applaud you. Come on now. Black men, grow up.

RiPPa said...

Oh don't get me wrong: some of these fools should probably be castrated. But I do think that we fall victim to the negative images of black fathers in the media, and through our own discourse.

Yes its a problem, but we must also understand the underlying socio-economic issues which is a problem in itself.

(fŭng'kē) [blak] [chik] said...

your facetious went over some people's head.

blackstar said...

I'm going to roll with folks and say - I'd go without my pops too if he were crazy like this one. WTF....

RiPPa said...

Nope, you could learn alot from a messed up dad too.



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