Jay (#34)

father playing in ball pit with two children at home Center City Philadelphia Lucy Baber Family Photographer

“I really hope that this will show that a good majority of Black men aren’t absentee fathers, reoccurring guests on daytime trash tv shows, or always on the wrong side of the law. This is the biggest hurdle of my everyday life, having to prove repeatedly to people I meet that I’m not stupid, that I won’t rob them, that I’m not a suspicious character for living outside of low income housing. I don’t want my kids to have to fight those issues everywhere they go. Show us to the world. Show them we matter. Show them the positivity, the love, the father raising his children to be strong in a world of hate, in a world where ‘shoot first, ask no questions, walk away’ is a daily event. Show them we aren’t all stereotypes from generations past, that we exist, we want to enjoy our lives, and be as happy as others.”

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