Album: The Family Unit Panel Discussion

Videos related to a Panel Discussion related to the future of the African America family unit.<br /> <br /> Each of the Members tagged in this Album have been invited to participate <br /> in this Panel discussion entitled &quot;The Future of the African American Family&quot;.<br /> <br /> What I&#039;d like to do is simply record the answer of each panelist and publish <br /> the results as a single article (here on Destee.com). The free for all discussion <br /> model has run it&#039;s course, this is an attempt to take it to the next level.<br /> <br /> Each of the Panelists can add Photos and Videos to the Album to support their <br /> answers.. (or just to share with the group. ) I hope that you all choose to participate.<br /> <br /> The Panel Question: <br /> <br /> WHAT EXACTLY WOULD IT TAKE TO BRING BACK THE TRADITIONAL FAMILY UNIT WITHIN<br /> BLACK COMMUNITIES WITHIN THE UNITED STATES?

The Family Unit Panel Discussion

Updated Apr 14, 2015 - With Omowale Jabali, Corvo and 1 others people.
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Videos related to a Panel Discussion related to the future of the African America family unit.

Each of the Members tagged in this Album have been invited to participate
in this Panel discussion entitled "The Future of the African American Family".

What I'd like to do is simply record the answer of each panelist and publish
the results as a single article (here on Destee.com). The free for all discussion
model has run it's course, this is an attempt to take it to the next level.

Each of the Panelists can add Photos and Videos to the Album to support their
answers.. (or just to share with the group. ) I hope that you all choose to participate.

The Panel Question:

WHAT EXACTLY WOULD IT TAKE TO BRING BACK THE TRADITIONAL FAMILY UNIT WITHIN
BLACK COMMUNITIES WITHIN THE UNITED STATES?

With Omowale Jabali, Corvo and 1 others people.
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  3. Blackbird
    Blackbird
    Since I am affiliated with the mental health field, as the owner of a behavioral health company that offers therapy and rehabilitative mental health services, I often come in contact with "broken" families from all ethnicities. One of the jobs we do is look at how the family is functioning and come up with viable ways to improve the family and household well-being. Far too often, economics is a big factor in that equation.
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  4. Blackbird
    Blackbird
    Continuing that thought, I think a few things taken from the mental health field profession and modified to adequately take into consideration the unique history, cultural and social arena of Black people in America could prove very effective. Those things are: 1. trauma model framework , 2. rehabilitative mental health modalities (including supported employment and supported housing), 3. systems theory.
  5. Corvo
    Corvo
    Brother Blackbird you are right on the point. many of our people have lost the way. but it's not an accident. But id agree, that it's up to us to put them together toward their potential.
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  6. Ken Taylor
    Ken Taylor
    Step One: Collective, community acknowledgement of the damage broken and fatherless homes have upon children and subsequently, our future generations. Step two: Acknowledge that our rate of fatherless homes and out of wedlock child birth rate is unacceptably high and will undoubtedly have an adverse effect upon our future generations and our potential as a people.
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  7. Ken Taylor
    Ken Taylor
    Step three: Purpose to unify for the purpose of solving the problem while understanding that failure to solve the problem will reflect poorly upon this generation and undoubtedly hinder the potential of future generations. Step four: MEN......MAN UP!!! We men MUST understand and acknowledge the importance of our role in the lives of the children we procreate and stop making EXCUSES for not being there DAILY to fulfill that role. .
  8. Ken Taylor
    Ken Taylor
    Step five: Seek, acknowledge, and reward excellence within our community. Academic, business, art, moral character/values etc., we should promote an environment that inspires us to expect excellence from each other and that we each perform at our potential.

    The family is the most important element of our future success as a people. If we don't fix this problem, we are doomed as a people.
  9. Ken Taylor
    Ken Taylor
    IMO, Christianity addresses all of these steps. An individual true to the principles of Christianity would not create a child outside the bounds of a "traditional family" i.e. one man, one woman joined together under God and committed to each other for life.
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  10. Ken Taylor
    Ken Taylor
    An individual true to the principles of Christianity seeks excellence in all endeavors and does all things as if he is doing them unto Christ. When I speak of Christianity, I am not talking about these "Health and wealth" spinster churches who are afraid to teach and stand firm on Biblical doctrines.
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  11. Ken Taylor
    Ken Taylor
    Those of us who live according to Biblical doctrines have intact families.
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