Celebrating Black Fatherhood and Breaking Stereotypes

Four years ago while shopping at his local grocery store, Sean Williams and his children were approached by a woman who complimented him for “sticking around,” and being engaged in his children’s lives. This negative stereotyping of absentee black fathers motivated Williams and his friends to organize the “Dad Gang” to challenge racial stereotypes about black fatherhood and promote healthy images.

Williams says that moment in the grocery store—in a mostly-white Long Island neighborhood—was not unique, and many of his friends have experienced similar situations. According to the CDC, African-American fathers who live with their children are more active than other ethnicity, specifically in the areas of changing diapers, bathing their children, and dressing their kids. 

Oftentimes not sited in diatribes that accentuate absentee fathers in cultural portrays, “The Dad Gang,” recently organized a march in Washington, D.C. for Father’s Day weekend at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.  The group’s motto is simply, ‘We are dad goals,’ and seek to demonstrate what the standard of black excellence in fatherhood looks like.Thanks to The Dad Gang, it was not just an ordinary Father’s Day weekend in the nation’s capital. Rather, it was a weekend of hope.

Source: Good News Network