- The Washington Times - Monday, November 30, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

After reading David C. Lipscomb’s piece (“Fenty’s approval in D.C. divides by race,” Page 1, Friday), I was compelled to write and comment. As a black 55-year-old Democrat and 30-year resident of this great city, I am not at all surprised by the outcome of this survey, which shows the majority of black D.C. residents do not approve of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty’s job performance.

Mr. Lipscomb shares with us a comment made by Greg Carr, an associate professor of Afro-American studies at Howard University, who said, “I think black people look at government as the entity that intervenes on behalf of those who have frequently been disadvantaged.” I agree wholeheartedly with this statement, but I also believe that many black D.C. residents often make bad choices that put them at an even greater disadvantage.

Many young, single, unemployed black women in the District, as well as across the country, are choosing to have three, four or even five babies by as many single, unemployed black men. These children are virtually guaranteed to grow up poor and disadvantaged, unless someone intervenes. Add to that the fact that the District leads the nation in HIV/AIDS cases among young, black females. And add to that the steep high-school dropout rate in our nation’s capital.

Sure, it’s still a disadvantage to be black in America, but it’s an even greater disadvantage not to use common sense when making major decisions such as childbearing, educating our children and preventing AIDS. We can’t forever blame other people for the choices we make in life.

PAM HAIRSTON

Washington

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