by Gloria Dulan-Wilson
There has been a lot of focus on Black women over the last few decades in the effort to pit them against Black men in a divide and conquer sort of way, and it’s been working quite well, I might add; with more Black women than men graduating from high school, and going on to college; and more Black women than men having a higher level of education.
Then they decided to pull the rug out from under the educated Black woman and started focusing on the “hoochie” mama, loud mouthed, ignorant, ghetto fabulous Black woman. Which is the new American standard. It goes along with the thugification and drugification of young Black males and making them target practice for police bullets and each other.
I think the President’s initiative is right on and overdue. He himself was the victim of an absentee father, so he knows how it feels. He is doing something no one else can do and that is make sure that young Black males feel validated and receive the education and support they need. He is not doing it to ignore young Black women. He is not making a statement that one is more valuable or viable than the other. He is showing the white racist males that he is standing between them and the extinction of Black men.
Black women are 55% unmarried because we’ve had a paucity of marriageable Black men. And if we aren’t careful, by the time we mature, there will be a paucity of marriageable Black women. If we don’t start impacting it at its core, it will continue to fester and be an even bigger issue in the future. Now, while he is still in office is the best time. What a great precedence!!
However, we do have the benefit of our sororities, who have consistently worked in the communities with young Black girls; we also have Black Girls Rock; we have a ton of organizations that have been in the forefront of working with our young women for a lot longer than the President’s one initiative.
Yes, we both do matter; we both need each other; and we have to be about saving our youth. But don’t try to overshadow what the President is doing as if to say he’s ignoring those factors. You only take a bite out of the elephant’s behind one at a time. If she has any programs she would like to put forth for young Black girls, I’m sure they will be welcomed as well.
Stay Blessed &
bullet Columnist Gloria Dulan-Wilson Is a veteran New York City Journalist. Her experiences, perspective & sense of history are an invaluable combination. “check out my blog:” www.gloria-dulan-wilson.blogspot.com