Oscar Mireles


The Researcher Tried To Explain The Reasons Black Girls Get Pregnant - Poem by Oscar Mireles

The researcher tried to explain
to the radio audience
that a black 16 year old girl
living in the projects
being poor
uneducated
was actually in the best position of her life biologically
to have a child

statistically
she would be in
the best health of her life
(her health deteriorates after that
only because she will be poorer)

and her baby
would have the best chance of surviving
with a near normal birth weight
and a healthier teenage mom to deliver her

and biologically speaking
there are more young black males
for her to meet
who are out of jail at that age
(because of the black male prison incarceration rate)
and in a position
to put her in a
parenting situation

and she would also
at this age, be able
have her mother around
to help her take care of the baby
before her mother died
or was sick

there are biological reason
why young back teens have children.
and even though we don’t know all the reasons
like this researcher did

I do know for some young girls
that becoming a teenage mom
helped them finally grow up
and take responsibility
for their actions

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  • (1/2/2006 12:20:00 PM)


    Whoa, Nelly! This is a powerful, powerful poem - a scathing indictment of American values. Bravo. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 2, 2006

Poem Edited: Sunday, January 8, 2006


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