Samaria Jones

“Basically, I think there is no color-line between the responsibilities of taking care of your kids. I think fathers, in general, need to step up to the plate and raise their children.”


Jesse Jones

“Well, I have no problems with what he said. I go back a long ways when the mother and father were in the household. I’m a firm believer that you have to have a man around. No offense to females, but I have a problem with females trying to raise a male; I don’t really think it can be done. If you go back further enough in history you will see that the man was always the stronger part of the family. If our history teaches us anything, it teaches us that in order for a family to be successful, it has to have a strong male in that family. That’s my opinion.”


Nicole Simpson

“I think it’s important that not only black fathers, but all fathers raise their children. They play a vital role in turning out productive members of society. The mother plays one role, but the father plays a duel role in the household and it’s just as important.”


Marvin Simpson

“I pretty much agree with most of the things he said. I think black fathers need to take more time out to take care of their kids and not leave so much responsibility left to our black women.”


Jessie Rucker

“I think Obama’s speech was right on target. Too many African-American fathers are absent from home, and anyone can father a child but it takes a special person to be a dad. I think our race is debilitated because of the lack of the head of household. So we really need to address this particular issue and see what we can do to get our families back together.”


John McClellon

“I feel fathers not taking care of their children nowadays is wrong, for the simple fact, you shouldn’t have the baby if you’re not going to take care of it in the first place. And mothers, nowadays, are struggling trying to take care of their child by themselves. Children need their father for many reasons, and boys need their fathers for a positive male role model. And also females need their fathers because they need to know what not to do with certain males and how certain males are, as well as the good in males.”