Tuesday, December 06, 2011
In The Maw of Judgement
"Somebody needs to pay, for all my children and my mine and Gary's, all our suffering... somebody needs to be held accountable, and they needs to pay!"
The lady featured in this video is named Angel Adams. She has 15 children by three different men. The quote above is Angel’s frustrating cry for help. She was removed from her two bedroom apartment, to a hotel room and is now staying in a living space provided by the city with twelve of her children.
What caught my attention was that Angel blamed everybody for her circumstances except herself. She came off ungrateful, belligerent and dare I say ignorant. She eventually ended up in court and was found in contempt because she refused to answer the judge’s question about if she was pregnant again or not.
She has since received donations and assistance from caring community members, but it’s still not enough. Having twelve kids is a really large load and of course, this woman’s story has created a firestorm of activity on some of your favorite websites. The reactions on comment threads range from disgust to anger to pity.
I for one am ambivalent. Having grown up around women in similar circumstances, my emotions are a mixture of anger and disbelief. Sadly, there are women like Angel in any ghetto U.S.A. And as ridiculous as their choices seem to us, there are children that still need to be clothed and fed. I feel that this is a classic case of immaturity meeting irresponsibility and driving off of a cliff.
What are your thoughts about women that continue to have children and can’t afford them? There are many reasons why(Psychological, emotional), but what kind of solution based programs would you create that may curb the problem?