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A Call to Action for Black Moms!

There’s been a recent wave of black mothers seriously harming their children, and I’m concerned. Last week, there was this story on CNN http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/03/12/children.thrown.ap/index.html about a 27 year-old woman who threw her two boys, aged 6 and 8, over a freeway overpass.

A few weeks ago, things hit closer to home for me when Latrice Brewer, a young black mother on Long Island drowned her three children, aged 6, 5, and 18 months, in the bathtub. Then she jumped off the roof of her home. Now she’s in jail awaiting trial.

I couldn’t hold my tongue any longer. I’m deeply concerned that black mothers are desperately trapped between keeping up the strong black woman syndrome and our cultural taboos around depression. I can’t help but wonder if anyone saw her signs of help and simply said to “pray,” or thought she was just in a “funk.”

I’m worried that the perceived “sisterhood” among black women is only superficial and doesn’t allow for real honesty of how we are really coping or not coping, instead of just keeping up appearances of being strong and doing it all without any help.

We need freedom to say, “I’m hurting,” or “I’m overwhelmed,” and I’m asking all black women as humans, as fragile beings, with breaking points, and as sisters to keep an eye out for each other and help break through our taboos to have a real conversation, a deeper conversation, a honest conversation…

Please read my full essay at http://www.todaysmama.com/expand-articles.php?view=303 and join in the conversation of saving black mothers.


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