"Black Men targeted!"

by Torey Merritt
(Missouri)

For the last 4years I've been putting things in perspective. 2 of those years I was recovering from being layed off from Chrysler manufacturing corp. Trying to figure out what I'm going to do with the rest of my life because I flunked out of college and I didn't have much job experience but manufacturing. So over the following 2years I took myself back to school.

I attended IIT Technical Institute. I took up Information Technology and graduated with an associates degree. So I've fought through a lot in my life. Worked very hard to get to a peaceful place in my life where I got education to get me a job and I had visions of really moving my family forward in life and building.

No soon as I got a job here comes child support to take all the money that I make. I bring about 800.dollars home every two weeks. I pay three child support orders. The first two comes out of my check every two weeks. About 310.00 dollars comes out for my two sons.So that's half of my check right there not including rent, gas, electric, & food. All these orders where put in place while I was not working and attending school. I also pay 120.00 dollars every month in back child support for my daughters mom whom I'm married to.

Just a few months ago I get a summons in the mail for a federal warrant for back child support for my youngest son whom I pay child support to currently. Approximately 175.00 every two weeks. They are mandating that I not only pay the current orders that I'm currently paying but they also want 450. dollars a month on top of what I'm already paying. Not taking inconsideration that I'm already on the hook for at least 3/4 of my pay that I take home.

If I cant meet there mandated assessment they are considering jail time! By sending me to jail and making me a felon solves exactly WHAT!Loose my job and get further behind thanks Missouri child support law enforcement!

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Races doesn't matter
by: Anonymous

Everything your saying is true but the fact about your race.Im almost in the same situation with not even having enough money to get to work and wondering how i could even afford aplace and be able to eat. If your childs mom thinks you should be able to pay the amount exspected, tell her to let you keep the kid and she pay childsupport so you can get that section 8 and those food stamp so you can have plenty to eat a nice place and sell some foodstamps like they all do. See what she say.

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I understand where you're coming from, but...
by: Anonymous

By claiming that this is only a problem for black men, you are limiting your resources and frankly, understating the problem.

I ama white woman, and I have been targeted by my ex as well. In fact, it is usually the ex pushing that determines whether or not you will be prosecuted and sent to jail. In your case, it appears you have 3 exes, all wanting you to go to jail. As a result, that does make your life more difficult, but it has nothing to do with your skin color or gender.

Nothing will be able to be done about this problem until it is recognized that this is happening across all genders and races.

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