There has been a movement over my lifetime to portray manhood as something to be avoided as offensive, sexist even racist. Fatherhood has been replaced with government handouts and personal responsibility has taken a back seat to those who believe in “social justice” and the government welfare state. When I was born boys grew up with a father and mother. Today boys grow up in “single parent” families as the new normal.
There are two songs that make the point of the importance of manhood, fatherhood and personal responsibility better than anything I could write.
I hope you will listen to both songs. They tell a story of a past that must be rekindled. A past where the father is a man of personal responsibility and takes responsibility for raising his children.
Both songs are what manhood, or the lack thereof, is all about.
The first is the 1972 Grammy Award winning song “Patches” by R&B artist Clarence Carter:
The second is the 1969 song by Elvis Presley titled “In the Ghetto.” Listen to this song and think about what is going on in Chicago today.
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