Black Fathers Matter!

Depicting Negative Images

Good Times is an American television sitcom that aired for six seasons on CBS, from February 8, 1974, to August 1, 1979; it was television’s first African American two-parent family sitcom, and two out of the three creators for the show were black. I state that two of the three creators for the show were black because many times producers like to tell the stories of African Americans and they are not black. Having some black writers for black created shows can give some truthful meaning of bringing black characters to life that represents the true identity or culture of African American people. Not many black producers are called to create a show that represents a Caucasian lifestyle so why would a Caucasian person think they can tell the real-life story of African American people and their lives. Images shape the world we live in today. I often wonder what would society look like if more black positive images were created to provide a molding or shaping of one’s view of African American people. Mental images of people that are negative or positive can shape a personal view for the people the image is created. African American people many times are clumped up to be a representation of all people instead of an individual representation of who they really are. I do not believe any father has a child and decides that they care nothing for the child even though some would say actions speak louder than words. The truth of the matter is that all fathers are important in a child’s life and when a father is removed from the home it automatically puts a strain on the mother who becomes the main caregiver. In the sitcom show “Good Times” the black father was eventually killed off the show and the mother became a single mom. A healthy family dynamic look many times entails a mother and father with children regardless of their socioeconomic background. The images we see can best support and shape the views of what we think or believe to be true. Many admit that they did not like the show “Good Times” because it never showed the family moving out of the projects and when you listen to the theme music of the show, nothing was “good” about having socioeconomic hardship that includes being unemployed or ripped off by easy creditors. (some would say that the “Jeffersons” sitcom is a sequel with showing black people “moving up” economically). The real-life quote above by Ester Rolle seems to be a negative narrative that an executive producer wanted to create for black fathers. I honestly do not believe that anyone creates a child that they do not care for but I do understand that one may not know how to properly love or care for a child. False-negative images can imply stereotypes that do not represent a truth for all. What are your thoughts and please leave your comments below:

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