Our community father is missing in action.
For many young Black boys in previous generations who were growing up without fathers, there were Black fathers in the neighborhoods who were unafraid to tell them what they needed to be doing and standing up to them when they were acting like damned fools. They, along with teachers and coaches, could discipline children without fear of reprisal from a permissive society gone mad.
Our community father was not only in the community and in the schools, but his presence was felt in many fatherless homes.
There were community fathers represented in the politicians, activists, religious icons and average working men who stood as shining examples for all to see and embrace.
If we say that our fathers are not in the homes, then where is our community father today?