Legacy of slavery today

Legacy of slavery today

By Don Mathis




Don Mathis is a dedicated father, a writer, and an assistant at the Coates Library of Trinity University in
San Antonio, Texas. His work has appeared in many places, including the Christian Science Monitor, the Washington Times, the radio program of the National Center for Fathering, and many other national and international publications. Don is the author of many poems relating to parenting. He is also the editor of the Fourteen Percenter, a national newsletter for noncustodial parents. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a recent issue or more information.

This article was previously published in the San Antonio Express-News on January 21, 2005. It is published here with the kind consent of the author.




Thinking of the birthday and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., I think about the most horrible aspect of slavery. I believe, as Holocaust survivor Victor Frankl relates in "Man's Search for Meaning," the most horrible aspect of the concentration camps was the injustice.


Aside from the injustice, what would be the most horrible aspect of slavery? The capture and removal from one's family? The lack of freedom? The beatings? The meager food and dismal shelter? The long hours of degrading work?


No, I believe the worst thing you can do to a person is to steal their children. Black children were torn from loving parents. This thievery of children continues today.

Child Protective Services has awesome power to take away children on mere allegations of neglect. Awesome responsibility should accompany such awesome power. Yet the agency cannot be subpoenaed or sued.


There exists another organized, state-sponsored system that can take away your child - the civil courts.


A divorce or custody court judge can order a child to live apart from a loving, caring parent. Usually, the father is relegated to becoming a visitor to his children. Not only is this outright gender bias, it is extremely unfair to the kids.


Children should have the right to access to both parents. Shared custody - unless abuse can be proven - should be mandated in civil courts.


Our society would benefit. More important, our children would benefit.


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