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8. A Note

005-8-a-note-1457017b323cd8b069690998f569cdc5Smith opened up the note. After he read through it, he realized that it had been left by the older couple who had been checking him out in the restaurant. It turned out that the couple had taken quite an interest in what was a normal day for the Smiths.

7. Breakfast On Us

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006-7-breakfast-on-us-59d14145a770466e447965692306b1e9The note read, “Today, your meal is on my wife and me. Enjoy that baby boy as long as God intends. We need more black dads like you.”

Signed by the Masons, it was a quite unexpected message for Kevon and his son. They had truly just been enjoying a normal day!

6. More Than Words

007-6-more-than-words-f5b0574fcd9b5fc3f52c929f01ddd45dUpon further inspection, Smith quickly learned that the note was more than just a nice message from a nice couple. Within the envelope, the Masons had also included enough cash to pay for the Smiths’ morning meal. Quite a surprise, indeed, and a great example of random acts of kindness!

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5. Single Father

008-5-single-father-cd5e53101f4abc212387d8a6da2cd6feThere is valid reasoning behind their comment that the world needs more “black dads” like Kevon. The 2010 U.S. Census report revealed that 57.6% of black children lived in homes without a biological father.

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“There’s a lot of guys I know that aren’t taking care of their kids,” said Smith later. He added, “Some of us are out here being fathers.”

4. Counterargument

009-4-counterargument-70bb57abdea36a4385d4c2a3c518b2e9It’s important to note that the “absent black father” myth is racially-biased and easily proven wrong.

Black fathers are more likely to live separately from their children—this is the statistic that’s usually used to support arguments for the parenting “crisis.” But many of these dads remain just as involved in their kids’ lives.

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