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Aspiring to Be a Pregnant Teen: Is That What The Detractors Desire?

Updated on June 25, 2017

So, here is the deal, Black Community. WE HAVE A PROBLEM!!!!! For example, in one Memphis high school (yes, ONE!), it was report that 90 teens were pregnant or had a baby during the 2010-2011 school year.

Christelyn Russell-Karazin, founder of No Wedding No Womb and the Beyond Black and White blog, has braved the harshest commentaries only because she wants the very best for all women, especially Black women and girls. So, here is the deal, Black Community. WE HAVE A PROBLEM!!!!! For example, in one Memphis high school (yes, ONE!), it was report that 90 teens were pregnant or had a baby during the 2010-2011 school year. That is 11% of the school's female population who are now parents (22% when you include the fathers, if they are also students). This is just ONE school in the United States. Multiply that 90 number by two and you get 180 parents representing those OOW births because it took 90 males to get 90 girls pregnant. WHAT IS GOING ON AT THIS SCHOOL?

No Wedding No Womb


No Reason for Celebration

When will the Black community accept the fact that the NWNW message is what MUST be heard if we are to save our youth? Why is it so difficult to see the ENEMY (DENIAL) looking back in the mirror? The negativity being spewed by the NWNW detractors is disheartening. For them, I suggest they take a tour of their local inner city neighborhoods, inner city schools, pediatric wards, and social services offices and report back all the positive outcomes of teenage pregnancy and OOW births.

Also, if the detractors are so against the NWNW message, what solutions have they brought to the table? What remedies have they developed and shared to help alleviate this epidemic of OOW births? Where have the detractors spent their time to effectively dialogue with Black teens and single parents to assist them in finding alternatives to destructive behaviors? If the NWNW detractors truly cared, they would look past their own personal hurts and mistakes and assist in unifying a message of family reconciliation where OOW was NOT CELEBRATED.

Marriage may not be for everyone; but everyone does not have to be a single parent. Our children deserve better.

Let's Decrease the Out-of-Wedlock Epidemic

We can agree to disagree on one fact: there will always be OOW births; but it does not have to be an epidemic like it is within the Black community. Marriage may not be for everyone; but everyone does not have to be a single parent. Our children deserve better.

I'ma Fight Back Right Now - SPEECH


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    • rissa62 profile imageAUTHOR

      Queen of the Pen 

      6 years ago

      @50 Caliber "Dusty":

      Thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement and insight. This is a very important message for all youth, of all ethnic groups. When I read the news article about the "pregnant high school" I was floored! This is unconscionable to say the least.

      I will definitely consider going to high school to share my story. Someone has to keep this message in the faces of these kids as well as most adults. This has to stop and quick.

      Have a blessed day.

    • 50 Caliber profile image

      50 Caliber 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      Most excellent public announcement. The 90 babies having babies blew my mind, am I that isolated from the world or was there a problem unaddressed at that institution that was "killing further education" as well as ending any chances of a normal childhood.

      I have to say you have a message and I would propose to you that creating a resume and sending it to high schools or intermediate schools to collect a fee for a 30 minute to one hour talk to other youth in those schools.

      Making money, possibly a living by sharing your story and what the REAL price is to you and a baby, not monetarily but in things that are now on the rocks that have to be climbed instead of the easy road that is hard enough to walk as it is.

      God Bless,


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      7 years ago

      Nice hub, very informative. Thanks for sharing


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