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The Black Woman In America Essay

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The black woman, she is as diverse and as beautiful as the billions of humans she gave birth to. The first homo sapiens to appear in the fertile land of East Africa were nurtured from her bosom; the wisdom and strength that is characteristic of the black woman today is not a recent acquisition but qualities that were honed over thousand of years. Every woman on this earth has mitochondrial DNA (mitochondrial DNA is the DNA transferred from mother to child and the only genetic material that stands the test of time)from Lucy, the small black woman found in the Awash Valley in Ethiopia. Lucy is her English name but I prefer the appellation given to her by the Ethiopians, Dinkesh, which means "you are beautiful" or "you are wonderful." Her dark skin, beautiful lips and course hair is not a sign of shame or inferiority but of the dominance of her genes. The fact that any baby born by a black woman and a male of another race will more likely resemble its mother is a testament to that dominance, a testament that within the veins of a black woman lies the blue print to life. However, put aside all that I have stated and yet the black woman is still not given the respect that is due to her. A travesty has been committed that leaves the black woman dying alone and her offspring fatherless. Single black mothers are ubiquitous to every black neighborhood and casts a negative cloud on a whole people who have lost the basic atom of what makes a people a people: family.

The black woman in the U.S. holds a precarious role: she is a woman, she is black and she is quickly becoming the dominant force of her people. The black woman is increasingly the sole bread winner in her household because she is forced into that position because of the absence of a male companion. Never in the history of mankind have women been forced to occupy roles in which they were the guardians of their people and not the men. To understand the significance of the aforementioned statement that I have made one has to ask him or herself what exactly is a guardian and what role does a guardian play? A guardian is not necessarily one individual but a a societal role established for a certain group to maintain control, identity and direction. A guardian is a holder of culture; through a guardian culture and values are disseminated. My guardian was my father, my views on race, women and how a man should conduct himself was obtained from him. My mother was his companion more than his wife in the docile European sense. She was not considered beneath him because he had a penis; however, she allowed him to play the role as it pertained to a man out of respect. So in a nutshell, she respected him as a man and let him be one. My parents are in their sixties and my father would never had abandoned his role of being a man by not providing for his family simply because the idea of him doing that and still being a man was nonexistent in those days. So the guardians have traditionally been the...

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