Just like Darcus [Howe] once said. Writing in Black British Feminism, the academic Tracey Reynolds rightly criticises the dangerously simplistic way this subject has been dealt with in the media, but you only have to read the Voice to see that it is now perceived as a major area of concern. I don't want them to grow up like their dads - all talk and nothing else. And let me tell you, there are a number of men who never agreed to be fathers. A number of other women have multiple partners themselves so that they are not dependent on the good will of one baby father. White baby mothers are, I think, less trouble. That is what I thought when I was young.
Kyndall. Age: 32.
You know, give them comfort because it is hard being a black man.
Caylee. Age: 28.
'We are black men. That means we make babies'
Yet, according to research in progress by sociologist Ravinder Barn, these beautiful babies of white mothers are increasingly ending up in care mainly because the women find it so hard to cope. Is this not living down to the worst stereotypes of black men? As Susie, 20, put it: "White men are boring and safe. And let me tell you, there are a number of men who never agreed to be fathers.