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Mentoring: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

Posted on Fri, Oct, 14, 2011

There is a new book out by Melissa JV. Harris-Perry published by Yale University ($28) called:  Sister Citizen:  Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America.

She has some wonderful insights that should be of interest to anyone engaged in mentoring black women.  She discusses the impact of three oppressive images of black womanhood: the hypersexual Jezebel, the white-focused domestic Mammy, and the emasculating, angry black woman.  

In addition, she talks about how black women have to deal with the political landscape in which "the ideas, beliefs, concerns, and viewpoints of black men are assumed to represent the entire race," as well as one in which white women's concerns are often presented as those shared by all women" thus each black woman must keep struggling to be "truly seen and understood as a human and as a citizen."

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