The True Devotion That Surrounds Black Fatherhood

The stigmatic views of African American fathers have been laced with negative connotations delivered by modern-day society for decades. Misleading statistics that have fallen short on specific demographics have historically painted African American fathers in a discouraging light. Fortunately, recent studies have released more in-depth statistics surrounding the reality of black fatherhood, and the true virtue and commitment that it entails.

A report conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) illustrated just how actively present African American fathers are in their children’s lives. In fact, more than 82.2% of black fathers play with their children on a day-to-day-basis. 70.4% also reported that they participate in the care of their infants by routinely diapering, bathing, and dressing them. This number proved to be over 10-20% higher when compared to white and Latino fathers. These numeric factors only further solidify how wrong society’s impressions of African American fathers have been, and what a prominent role they play in raising their sons and daughters.

Due to the CDC publicizing data that pointed to 72% of black mothers being single parents, many were left confused as to how African American fathers have proven to be such active figures in their children’s upbringings. This is most likely a result of the original study not taking into account active fathers that live in separate homes, as well as fathers who aren’t legally considered the custodial parent. The previously mentioned study released by the NCHS also contained information that African American fathers are still very much present in their children’s lives while living in separate households. Fatherhood is still entirely possible when co-parenting from two different residences, as well as while being a non-custodial parent.

The disheartening and deceptive stereotypes that have been circulating the image of African American fathers are now rightfully being replaced with reflections of dedication, love, and commitment. Black fatherhood is now being recognized for it’s monumental role in devoted parenting, and if recent studies are any indication, these positive statistics will only steadily rise.