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Are My Problems Personal Choice?

Posted by Ryan Morgan on July 25, 2013 at 10:09 AM
This is a response to a recent Bill O'Reilly "Talking Points" segment: Bill Are My Problems Personal Choice? I am a Young Black Girl…. I see generations of family members living in government housing and surviving on government assistance I see no one who looks like me, working a “9 to 5” job I am a product of Teen Pregnancy I see Teen Pregnancy everyday I am the definition of poverty I am what I see Is this Personal Choice? Do the people I see every day knowingly choose to live on government assistance? Do the people I see every day knowingly choose to live in poverty? Do the people I see every day knowingly choose to get pregnant at a young age? Do the people I see every day knowingly choose to raise a child without adequate support and guidance? Is this Personal Choice? Who will teach me how to break the generational cycle of poverty I have seen my ancestors live in for years? Who will teach me that government assistance is not a “rite of passage?” Who will teach me comprehensive health education that includes family planning? Who will teach me how to prevent an unwanted pregnancy? Who will teach me how to be a confident, proud, and successful black woman? I will make my Personal Choices based on my options. Give me better options and I will make better choices!!!    

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