Its primary aim is to help these families achieve self-sufficiency through a combination of short-term financial assistance and work opportunities.
Introduction Black women have a long history of arising like Deborah did in Israel, as strong mothers of their people. So, on this day, every card, bouquet of flowers, box of candy, picture drawn, breakfast made and dinner provided is well deserved for the queens of our community who have done and continue to do so much to uplift us all.
On this day we salute all who are striving to be good mothers and remember with fondness those who have crossed the golden strands and from the balcony of heaven urge on their children to higher heights and deeper depths.
We also recognize, as Dr. Patricia Collins, in the second edition of the classic Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness and the Politics of Empowerment, says of Black motherhood: Black motherhood as an institution is both dynamic and dialectical.
Ongoing tensions characterize efforts to mold the institution to benefit intersecting oppressions of race, gender, class, sexuality, and nation and efforts by African-American women to define and value our own experiences with motherhood.
The controlling images of the mammy, the matriarch and the welfare mother and the practices they justify are designed to oppress Some women view motherhood as a truly burdensome condition that stifles their creativity, exploits their labor and makes them Single parent households in african american in their own oppression.
Others see motherhood as providing a base for self-actualization, status in the Black community, and a catalyst for social activism. These alleged contradictions can exist side-by-side in the African American community.
There is no one archetypal Black mother or notion of motherhood. In order for all mothers to be allowed to bring forth their own honest understanding of motherhood, all their voices must be heard. Including those who are caught in the muck and mire of church and societally confusing contradictions that say things such as women are fragile.
If so, why are Black women expected to work a job, do back-breaking house-work, rear children, and keep churches afloat through volunteer efforts? Black women on public assistance forced to find jobs and leave their children in daycare?
A mother is usually also a wife, and has the management of a family and a direct influence over subordination to her head, has the seat of authority and wields the scepter of government.
From a position of entire dependence, she has risen to power and rank, and though her throne may be in a cottage, and her dominion the little work of household affairs yet is she not the less really responsible, than is that youthful queen who now sways a scepter over the four quarters of the earth.
But for what is she responsible? She is responsible for the nursing and rearing of her progeny; for their physical constitution and growth; their exercise and proper sustenance in early life.
A child left to grow up deformed, bloated, or meager, is an object of maternal negligence. A child deficient or untaught in these particulars, will prove a living monument of parental disregard; because generally speaking, a mother can, if she will, greatly control children in these matters.
She is responsible for their deportment. She can make them fearful and cringing, she can make them modest or impertinent, ingenious or deceitful; mean or manly; clownish or polite. The germ of all these things is in childhood, and a mother can repress or bring them forth.
She is responsible for the principles which her children entertain in early life.
She is to a very considerable extent responsible for the temper and disposition of her children. Constitutionally they may be violent, irritable, or revengeful; but for regulation or correction of these passions a mother is responsible.
She is responsible for the intellectual acquirement of her children, that is, she is bound to do what she can for this object. Schools, academies, and colleges open their portals throughout our land; and every mother is under heavy responsibilities to see that her sons and daughters have all benefits which these afford and which circumstances permit them to enjoy.
She is responsible for their religious education. The beginning of all wisdom is the fear of God; and this every mother must teach. Reverence for God, acquaintance with His word, respect for the duties of ordinance of religion are within the ability of every parent to implant, and if children grow up ignorant or regardless of the Bible and the Saviour, what mother, when she considers the wickedness of the human heart, can expect them to rise up and call her blessed.
Watchman wrote at a time when White women were expected to stay home and rear children.
Of course, we know that Black women could not decide to do this for they have always had to work outside their homes. However, on top of their work, Black mothers were expected to act, in many respects, just as the mother about whom Watchman wrote since, in the s and too often today, attributes that White men ascribed to motherhood were touted as the norm for all women.
What were these norms? There were at least three:Numbers, Facts and Trends Shaping Your World. About Follow. My Account Log in View Account Log out.
The rate of African American marriage is consistently lower than White Americans, and is declining. These trends are so pervasive that families who are married are considered a minority family structure for blacks.
In , 64% of adult African Americans were married. On Views of Race and Inequality, Blacks and Whites Are Worlds Apart 1. Demographic trends and economic well-being. In many ways, America remains two societies – one black and one white – as measured by key demographic indicators of social and economic well-being.
Feb 23, · The income disparity between high-and low-earners is profound and becoming more severe. The mean income of the richest fifth of Metro Boston households is $,, 18 times greater than the $14, mean income, (barely above the poverty line) of the fifth of households .
A disproportionate number of Black children under 18 live in single-parent homes, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. (CanStock Photo) In its annual “America’s Families and.
Can Single-Parent Households Influence Adolescents To Become Abusers? - Single-parent households can influence adolescents to become abusers of their spouses, children and themselves and are expected to experience domestic violence in their lives.