(GEORGE CURRY MEDIA)—“Of all the rocks upon which we build our lives, we are reminded today that family is the most important. And we are called to recognize and honor how critical every father is to that foundation. They are teachers and coaches. They are mentors and role models. They are examples of success and the men who constantly push us toward it.”—President Barack Obama
To become a parent, it is often said, is to allow your heart to go walking around outside your body.
In many ways, the essence of fatherhood is protection. As fathers, our most basic instinct is to protect our children. As children, our fathers are the ones we seek when we need protection. That responsibility weighs especially heavily for Black fathers in a time when divisive rhetoric seems out of control and the threat of violence looms heavily over our communities.
These fears are not unique to our generation, however. And because we cannot change the world to oblige our children, we must raise our children to navigate this world.