Why We Should Support Positive Black Women & Men

October 19, 2010  |  

Though significant progress has been made relative to racial dynamics, there still remains an abundance of stereotypes about women and men that target their intelligence, beauty and potentiality.  For example, with African-American men, we are constantly bombarded with generalizations that we are criminals, uneducated, baby daddies who are absent from the home, devoid of good personal hygiene, intimidated by educated individuals, e.t.c.  With African-American women, they are unfavorably characterized as baby mamas looking for welfare and government assistance, gold diggers, angry, financially unstable, lovers of thugs, e.t.c.

To be sure, some of these stereotypical thought patterns may be true for a segment of the black population- as the same holds true for all races. Yet, are these negative categorizations indicative of all, or even most, black women and men?  Absolutely not!  There are several positive black women and men who are highly educated, great parents, financially stable and spiritually sound, who have great marriages and who are certainly not intimidated by anyone based on education.  As someone that believes in promoting love, peace and justice, I think that it essential to affirm positive women and men of all races.  Verbal and written affirmations for these individuals are essential for the following reasons:

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