Very often we bring you stories of horrible people doing horrible things. Today instead, I am using this public forum to inform you of a noble man being subjected to systemic injustice. Together we may be able to right this wrong.
Desmond Hatchett, 33, is simply one of us… toiling at a minimum-wage job to make ends meet and provide for his dependents. For Desmond, that means paying child-support to the 11 mothers of his 30 children. Those of you who also have 30 children understand completely how difficult this must be, but the rest of us can still imagine. So hard… From this, it may not be surprising that Desmond has recently gone to court to ask for relief from this financial burden.
The court case offers a window into how a judicial system can bully a man for a situation entirely beyond his control. It was reported that – when Hatchett is working – he is required to turn over 50% of his wages for child support which is the maximum allowed under law. We do not know the support for each child, because it varies due, in part, on the ages and needs of the children. We do know that – due to Desmonds salary – some of the mothers of his children get $1.49 a month.
$1.49 a month?!? Do these kids live in Paris?!? …and how much of that truly goes to support the child? Hmmm…
With him being such a generous provider for his children, it seems odd that some wonder if the father of 30 children can be a good father? Once, when asked in a TV interview whether he can “keep up with it all,” Hatchett said he knows all their names, ages and birthdates.
Wonder no more.
Sadly, reports of Desmond’s dire situation have produced an ugly reaction within some. I have read of calls for sterilization. But, if such barbarism were allowed, how could we ensure our future generations to be of the best pedigree. Hear me now! We need Desmond Hatchett – and those like him – to reach
Idiocracy A Brave New World.
As shocking as is a suggestion of sterilization, it pales in comparison to the calls of others for… dare I even say it… self-restraint. What is this?!? Communist China?!?
So… if you are as moved as I am by the plight of Desmond Hatchett, I urge you to write the Knox County (TN) child support clerk’s office and express your outrage at their Draconian child support demands and your unconditional support of Desmond’s request that the state of Tennessee subsidize these children and end a situation that is clearly and completely beyond Desmond’s control. Only with your help, will this situation be rectified.Tags: child support, Children, Desmond Hatchett, Tennessee