Black Women Research Paper

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Black Women Black Women: Who We Are and the Dynamics of Our Evolution from Slavery to Now Valerie Holloway Norwood Dr. Bernard Moses As I contemplate the topic of this paper I began to explore who I am as a woman and how I was to arrive at my conclusions. To know the Black woman I understand that I have to look back into history and move through our history to arrive at my conclusion. As descendants of an African culture that arose out of Central African, our families have been matriarchal. Our families have served as the basic unity of our society. We were part of a large extended family sharing common ancestors. A culture defined by a close knit village where elders were very significant and commanded…show more content…
We no longer just picked the cotton; Black women were taking their places alongside white women inside the factories of America. The conditions inside of the factories were reprehensible. Child labor, unsafe conditions, sweat shops and more were our day to day life experiences. At the same we struggled to provide for our children, we were struggling to find our own identities and to establish our rights as humans and as women. The factories became a place that the white woman felt they wanted to compete with us in. They wanted the wages and of course this work was not as physical as field work. Their lives had become affected by the end of slavery and now by World War I. This new white woman now had to provide for her family as well. She could no longer use her beauty as the only means of exchange or engage. The Civil War left both families wounded, devastated and fractured. As women we were fighting for the survival of our families. Our men in both instances were off fighting wars and returned only a shell of who they were before the war. It became our responsibility to reinvent our families and we did so at whatever…show more content…
The white woman only relates on some of these issues. To the contrary the black woman identifies with all of the issues and the white woman refuses to embrace the entire struggle of the black woman creating a vein of contention. The most prevalent issue that I have found among this sisterhood is the “black man’. The black man uses his relationship with the white woman as a sort of trophy. In his relationship with his black woman we find that as we move up the economic ladder, the black woman is used as a helpmate until he achieves any level of success and is then discarded and treated as she is passé. This behavior has been attributed to the breakup of the black family. We see this behavior demonstrated in the media by professional athletes, celebrities and that segment of our society that has achieved any measure of success. The taboo of the interracial relationship is gone at the detriment of the black
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