Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo is Dee’s new name. This in an attempt to live what she believes is her heritage while leaving the oppression and poverty behind, which actually has created a wedge between herself and the rest of her immediate family. Symbolism and the use of tangible items used every day bring Dees perception and her mother’s perception of heritage to places that are completely opposite of one another. The story takes place within an oppressed black family in the 1960’s during the Civil Rights movement when young blacks were searching to find themselves and their true African heritage. Mama, which is also the narrator, takes pride in sweeping the dirt in the yard which is referred to as an “extended living room only with a breeze and an ability to look up into the elm tree.” Mama states that she has “deliberately turned her back on her house” and describes it as “not having windows and a tin roof “and seems to be perfectly satisfied with these living conditions.
Giselle A. Suazo Assignment: Group Proposal Psychoeducational Group Rationale: My group will be a counseling group for women who are victims of domestic violence and are still affected by the trauma it has caused in their life and the lives of their children. The group will be composed of 8 members, I will prefer females with young children’s no older than 5 years old and who are a recent victim or were a victim of domestic violence. Domestic violence is not new in today’s society. We see this happen since our early childhood years and even before that. Everyday more and more females become victims of domestic violence and lots of them feel like they have no way out.
Substance abuse among women while pregnant is happening more frequently than it should. A good way to help educate young women about the danger of substance abuse while pregnant is to educate them while they are young. A program at high schools could be developed to show young women the effects of children that were born to a mother that abused drugs or alcohol. Also, a lesson on pregnancy, such as informing young women the importance of pre natal health care, and also the do’s and don’ts of pregnancy. Drug abuse is a major social and medical problem in the United States.
The area of life that had the most prodigious effect on the perpetuation of colorism among ethnic minorities is social life. The stories of four authors, and have brought attention to this issue while growing up. Author Carolyn Edgar, a dark-skinned black woman who has suffered the most because of negative surroundings while author Charisse Jones, another dark-skinned woman have mostly dealt with colorism through dating. In addition authors Tuason and Lui, Asian American women have shown us that African Americans are not the only ones who suffer with colorism but other races as well, they both share life stories that have also affected themselves
We learn that the shared American identity has very little to do with race and ethnicity. It is our self-perception that impacts each individual in the quest to answer the question, “Who am I?” The poem by Patricia Smith, “What It's Like to be a Black Girl”, describes a young girl beginning puberty and who feels out of control and insecure. Her first words demonstrate this when she states, “first of all, it's being 9 years old and feeling like you're not finished, like your edges are wild, like there's something, everything, wrong....” (Smith, 1991). This experience very well could be part of
Since she is at the age when puberty is just starting to begin, I found observing Elizabeth would be most beneficial for me in understanding the developmental changes. Most adolescent girls start their physical transition to adulthood around the age of 10 (Berk,2010.p363). Physical changes can include hormonal changes, growth spurts and muscle-fat makeup (Berk,2010.p363). Hormonal changes in girls are caused by the change in estrogen level, which causes the breast, uterus and vagina to mature (Berk,2010 p.363). After interacting with my sister, I noticed changes in her height, weight, and physical appearance.
One reason to explain this is pointed out by the noted author and professor of sociology Judith Halberstam as she states, “Gender is a social construct” (119). The female athlete is constructed to reflect her athletic environment. However, by embracing these characteristics, the woman is seen to be abandoning her gender. These gender roles are reinforced throughout society at an early age and can be seen through the ways children establish and practice their gender at a young age. This is supported through a study by Perry and Pauletti, two professors at the Florida Atlantic University, who state, “Preschool children believe strongly that people should conform to gender roles, and they strive hard
This poem is an explanation in its finest form of “What it’s like to be a Black Girl (for those of you who aren’t)” by Patricia Smith, it is just that, an explanation. From the beginning of her poem “First of all,” this author gives a sense of a story being told. She uses the jagged sentence structure and the powerful language to show the reader the importance of her topic. Smith’s poem give her audience an insider’s view into a young black girls transition into black woman hood during a time where being a black young girl and a black woman was not very welcoming. Puberty is very hard for both boys and girls biologically their bodies undergo many changes from the age of 8 up until their about 16.
Observational learning, modeling, and self-efficacy explain Celie’s motivation, learning process, and decision-making from an andragogical point of view. Celie The Color Purple reveals the harsh life of Celie, a 14 year old African American girl growing up in rural Georgia, from 1909 to 1949. In a series of letters to God and to her sister Nettie, Celie tells the story of her life, ranging from the trauma of sexual abuse as a child to her success and wealth as an adult. Celie’s Motivation to Learn Knowles, Horton, and Swanson (2005) described the need for a better quality of life and the opportunity to self-actualize as factors of andragogical motivation (p. 294-295). Celie, living in a male dominated society that does not value a female except as a sexual object and a laborer, has a need for a better quality of life.
In most cases I believe preteen pregnancy is a reflection of that little girls life. You become what you are surrounded by, unless you are educated to do other wise, and if the 12 old little girls are given the right tools in life she can have a better life, not a life to become dominate, but a life that is positive. As one culture changes so will another and it will cause a domino effect that may cause change though out the world. In the very beginning of the class we discussed globalization, worldwide integration of government policies, cultures, social movements and financial markets through trade and exchange of ideas. So, enforcing better education is in America is not a bad idea, it is a helpful plan.