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use it mentions that “nearly 50% of Black Families are actively using computers in their homes and close to 30% have access to the Internet at home” and “For children 3-17 years old, 24.7% of Black children had Internet access at home”. The people in the household are no longer sitting and eating together as a family but going to own rooms, eating on their beds, and watching television. Then they get on their computers and are on the internet for the majority of the day and parents are so busy with work that they do not have time to realize what is happening to their family. That spiritual connection that was once the glue of the family is now gone and replaced with man made material things of entertainment. This once again presents an issue as to how the child fares in school because if she has a problem with learning or anything of the sort, she may feel she can not go to her parent(s) because they seem too busy. If they had the proper communication regularly then it would be easier for the child to go to the parent. It should not be that difficult to maintain communication in the family since there are not as many people to look after and times are seemingly easier for the black family. Returning to the quote explaining the generations living through each individual of the family and being the continuation of the family, there is a chance for the black community to live in a way that will benefit them and despite the downfall that has been created the connection still remains because the African American people are stronger than what they have been showing these past few years. There are families in the community that 5
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continue to bring up their generations like those in the past. There may not be a father figure but elders such as grandparents remain apart of the family and they guide the younger ones to create values similar to those in the past. Keeping the family together is important in order for the black family to survive. As French aristocrat Marquise de Sévigné said “We cannot destroy kindred: our chains stretch a little sometimes, but they never break.” Even though there has been much damage to the spiritual connection of the black family in the community the bond can never be broken. it has stretched pretty far over the past 50 years but time and a few corrections will help strengthen it, no necessarily to the way it was, but a better place. 6
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