This is a story about the telling of a story. It is a white story about a black man. Something happened in the telling of this tale. We need to find out what that is.
A black man, Desmond Hatchett, 33, of Knoxville, Tennessee, has had 30 children with 11 different women over the last 14 years.
Well, actually, we are told, it seems that the black man has “only” 24 kids. It is not clear if the black man is the one who said that he has “only” 24 kids or whether it is the white story tellers who decided to describe it that way.
Now it seems that about 9 of the kids were born just over the last 2 to 3 years. At one point, the brother is quoted as saying, “I had 4 kids in the same year. Twice.” But the Los Angeles Times reports this more like a boast than an explanation. And the actual language sounds a bit above the minimum-wage earning brother.
There’s a bigger problem. The brother has been in prison since 2009 and is not due out for another two years. We are told that while he has served time before for failure to pay child support that is not why he is behind bars now. Anyway, how about 9 children since 2009, then?
Years ago, I taught in a prison university program so I know that stuff gets conceived in what we called those “conjugalaboratories”; Conjugalab, for short. But the brother supposedly promised in 2009 not to have any more kids, since he already had 21 (or at least 15, if the total count of 24 is the true one).
So were the last 9 kids or so bred right under Uncle Sam’s nose? On the ultimate baby-daddy’s dime? We’re told that the state garnisheed his wages, or did anyway, for child support, but they didn’t even try to stop the actual breeding, at least aggressively recommend condoms? A vasectomy? Cut off (oops) the conjugal privileges?So why was this story not a big story in 2009? Exactly how many more kids were the white media waiting for?
The Los Angeles Times tells us, “You have to say this much for Desmond Hatchett: He has a way with the ladies.”Baby mamas as “ladies.” Just another thing that has gone so wrong in the telling of this tale.