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Taunton men discuss life as a minority father

TAUNTON — “I never really wanted to have kids growing up because I always felt like my father was so abusive,” said Taunton Diversity Network founder and father of eight Mac McCotrell.

“He was an alcoholic. I felt like I carried that trait, and I never wanted to do that to any other child.”

McCotrell spoke to a Zoom call full of other men of color during Taunton Diversity Network’s fatherhood discussion Tuesday night. 

He said he got married at 19 and was an alcoholic until he turned 21. 

After he found out his wife was pregnant, he did some thinking.

“I ended up forgiving my father because I realized I couldn’t have a hate for him and love for my son at the same time,” he said. “So it actually changed me as a person.”