Have you heard of "live in booty?" This is a term to describe the countless high school students that find nothing wrong with living with their mommy (perhaps daddy too) like man and wife. As an author of Bridging the Gulf, Understanding and Ministering to Hip Hop Youth available via publishamerica.com, I realized that this is one of those issues that needs bridging.
One the one hand, there are those that would be shocked that this sort of behavior is allowed…On the other hand, too many people, especially young ones, feel as if there is nothing wrong with this strange, unacceptable and unprecedented behavior. What has happened to the family structure that would have strictly forbid this kind of behavior? What will happen to the family especially as this phenomenon applies to the African-American community? On the one hand, many young people have been desensitized to live in booty. To some, it has become a common occurrence. Yet if asked, these same youths believe that it is best for a child to be raised by both mother and father. As long as "live in booty" prevails the traditional African-American, two-parent household might be on the verge of extinction.