Boys' Rites of Passage

Our Sons' Futures

Rites of Passage: Young Black Boys

Posted by Thomas on February 5, 2009

We all know the obstacles young black men face daily. One of the biggest culprits Satan uses to undermine the success of young black males is the phenomenon of absent fathers. As responsible adults we are changing the outlook for our sons.

I THANK GOD for the efforts thus far of those that have helped me raise my son. None of us raise our children alone. Our work however isn’t complete. Beyond being present as fathers, accessible emotionally and otherwise to our sons, we must guide them into manhood, by a concerted and focused means . That’s the purpose of this blog and where the Rites of Passage program and all of you come in.

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2 Responses to “Rites of Passage: Young Black Boys”

  1. Rites Inc. said

    Thanks for stopping by Robert. And your comment is right on point. Thankfully there are fathers running the race successfully with their sons AND incorporating teaching into the lives of other boys (the village worker).

    Peace, and I hope you visit often.

    Thomas

  2. IamRobert said

    An poignant and timely post. This may very well be THE issue of the 21st Century. I find it most touching that you not only deal with physical death, but the spiritual aspects of bad parenting as well.

    Black dads, you need to be in your children’s lives, period. You have a role to play, you have something to give. You may not have money, but you have time–give it. You may not have a lot of time–but you can provide security–give it. You may not have your freedom, but you have your thoughts–share them. Don’t let your kids make your mistakes. Bottom line, give what you do have, after all, that’s all you can do.

    Heed these words folks; give parenthood strong consideration before becoming a parent. And even better, wait a minute before becoming sexually active–you know it does have physical and emotional pitfalls when entered into outside of marriage. People should ask themselves, am I financially, physically, mentally, and emotionally stable enough to start a family? Am I ready? Is my partner ready? Do I really know what it is to be a parent.

    I have a suggestion, keep one of your friends kids for a week–then you’ll know.

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