Who Gets to Speak the Truth?

Last week folks were all in a huff because Mike Huckabee took issue with Natalie Portman’s out-of-wedlock pregnancy. He thought it sent the wrong message to the Young & The Gullible.

Here’s what he said:

“There aren’t really a lot of single moms out there who are making millions of dollars every year for being in a movie,” Huckabee said, per the liberal group MediaMatters. “And I think it gives a distorted image … Most single moms are very poor, uneducated, can’t get a job, and if it weren’t for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death and never have health care. And that’s the story that we’re not seeing.”

Huckabee’s remark was met with outrage, especially in the black community, who has a whopping 73% out-of-wedlock rate.

How ironic.

What part of what Huckabee said wasn’t true? Most single mothers live in poverty.  Many single parents are uneducated and unemployable.  And if most single mothers live in poverty, chances are, they and/or their children are getting government assistance.

So what’s the problem?  Is it because he’s an old, Christian white dude?  Some on Facebook told me, “It’s not the message, it’s the messenger.” How come?

He spoke the truth.  But we’re such babies, we can’t seem to handle it.  Whether it’s Mike Huckabee, Billy Cosby, Barack Obama or me and over 100 other bloggers, we’re all not “credible” enough to say the sky is blue, huh?

Boy.  Black folks sure do have a problem with who can and can not tell them their poo poo stinks. #justsaying

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