March 15, 2008

1 in 4 teen girls have STD

By now pretty much everyone has heard that on 1 in 4 teen girls have STD.  About half of them have had sex and half of those are infected with a sexually transmitted disease.  Sadly, nearly half of the black girls studied have at least one STD while the rates among whites and Mexican-Americans was about 20%.

I can only infer that the toxic rap culture and the absence of fathers has done more to damage the lives of young women than I had imagined.  We are all the poorer for it.   

Education is not the answer if schools like those in Deerfield, Illinois, require students as young as 14, to read "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes" with its graphic sexuality, profanity and racism. Gay literature in high schools.

Matt Barber, director of cultural issues with Concerned Women for America, said his jaw dropped when he read the book.

"This isn't a First Amendment issue. This is about school officials betraying the community trust. Heads need to roll here. Assigning this racist, pornographic smut to high school kids is nothing short of child abuse," Barber said.

Lora Sue Hauser, executive director of NSSA, complained that the book is replete with profanity, overt racism, an explicit description of a sex act involving Mother Teresa and vivid depictions of sodomy.

"After almost 15 years of school advocacy and reviewing many objectionable books and curricula, I have never seen anything this vulgar and harmful to students," Hauser said.

Juan Williams wrote in Banish the Bling

Have we taken our eyes off the prize? The civil rights movement continues, but the struggle today is not so much in the streets as in the home -- and with our children. ... there is also a far more sinister obstacle facing African American young people today: a culture steeped in bitterness and nihilism, a culture that is a virtual blueprint for failure.
With 50 percent of Hispanic children and nearly 70 percent of black children born to single women today these young people too often come from fractured families where there is little time for parenting. Their search for identity and a sense of direction is undermined by a twisted popular culture that focuses on the "bling-bling" of fast money associated with famous basketball players, rap artists, drug dealers and the idea that women are at their best when flaunting their sexuality and having babies.
Cosby asked the chilling question: "What good is Brown " and all the victories of the civil rights era if nobody wants them? A generation after those major civil rights victories, black America is experiencing alarming dropout rates, shocking numbers of children born to single mothers and a frightening acceptance of criminal behavior that has too many black people filling up the jails. Where is the focus on taking advantage of new opportunities to advance and to close the racial gap in educational and economic achievement?

Having grown up in the civil rights era and bought the dream, my greatest disappointment since has been the failure of black leadership who have kept grievance, not hope, alive and expedient.  I kept alive the hope that the strong culture of the black churches would present to young men and women an alternative way of life.    But I have been shocked and shaken after watching clips of Rev. Jeremiah Wright's sermons, filled as they are with hate towards whites, 'God damn America' and loopy conspiracy theories of the government starting the AIDS virus and inviting the attack on September 11.  What has he done for the children?

For all who saw in Barack Obama, the candidate with the promise of finally transcending race, the revelations of the hate-filled sermons of his pastor and spiritual advisor Jeremiah Wright, must come as a blow.  It has for me.

So long as political discussion is reduced to identity politics and biological markers of sex and race, the ability to deal with the truly important issues of creating a society where children are encouraged to develop individual responsibility, self-control and concern for others is severely compromised.

So long as the educational establishment teaches every imaginable biological variation of sex and not the emotional, psychological and spiritual consequences of having sex at too young an age, we will children who don't know there is more to sex than the physical act unless their parents or churches tell them about love.  They will certainly not find it in the popular culture.  Sad. Dispiriting. 

Posted by Jill Fallon at March 15, 2008 1:05 AM | Permalink