The National Fatherhood Initiative has started a bus advertisement campaign to promote fatherhood in black communities. Featured on many buses & benches are pictures of black children giving messages of their disappointment over not having a father in their lives. While I appreciate the overall point, I am not sure how effective this will be. I think the breakdown of the black family (of which the decrease of the black father is a major part), is one of our most important issues. However I wonder if these ads are over-simplifying an extremely complex issue, much like the "just say no" ads over-simplified drug abuse during the 1980s. What does the rest of my Destee family think? Can an absent father be shamed into becoming a part of their children's life?