A few women have gotten a bad rap for losing battles against their children’s fathers in the court of law (see: Dwyane Wade, Usher, and Chris Bosh). Now Ludacris’ baby mama Tamika Fuller has been added to the roster.
After losing her one year-old child to Ludacris in court earlier this year, she is finally speaking out about what she believes to be the cause. Normally, a judge automatically gives full custody to the mother when it comes down to parental guardianship of a child in question. However, Fuller claims her and other women in her situation are losing to their “rich and powerful” male counterparts.
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Fuller penned a heartfelt letter for Madame Noire on her views of how her parental rights have been deduced to mere visitation. She recalled the psychological manipulation Luda allegedly enacted when they became intimate in 2013 (after knowing each other for years). She also highlights other stories like hers in which powerful men have taken children from women she says are “good mothers:”
What kind of mother gets her child taken away from her? I only cut back on my work hours following my maternity leave to ensure that I had enough time to spend with my daughter during the first year of her life. However, it was this financial reasoning along with events that transpired 20 years ago in my teens that were the justifications used when issuing the decision. The retribution continued to roll in because apparently taking away my child wasn’t enough of a punishment. I was then denied assistance with lawyer fees and told that her father needed to authorize the pictures I posted on my personal social media page. As I apologized to my friends and family for not being able to share imagery of the evolution of my child, I scratched my head: What does Instagram censoring have to do with disparate income levels? Subsequently, I now have no child, no First Amendment rights, and I’m in debt to the tune of six figures
Read the full essay here. – Cook T.P.