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I Hear You Loud and Clear! Now What About Our Black Men?

Okay moms,
You’ve been sharing your responses to the Mocha Manual Mom Movement. And there are definitely some serious issues for us to take on. Your responses on what is the biggest issue ranged from outrage over the embarassing health care disparities to the problem of quality educational options in our own communities to concern about our black men. I wish I could share all of the responses here–don’t worry we’ll have new message boards SOON so we can all really share our thoughts. For now, I would love for us to start hearing each other. Nobody us will listen to us, if we don’t listen to each other! Here’s what some of you said is the biggest issue we face as moms of color:

” The assumption that we lack the ability and intelligence to raise our children to be productive citizens.” —Natasha

“Being respected and seen as people who really do plan pregnancies and have supportive HUSBANDS who are just as excited about becoming parents.” —Quinchela

“The fact that we are NOT being heard.”–Denene

“That there are limited perspectives regarding who we are as educated women.”–Sharon

“Absent fathers, lack of communication and networking within our community..we need to maintain the “village” philosphy that once lived in our communities.” —Kenyan

“Providing a strong educational foundation for our children and creating positive peer groups (specifically in their teenage years).” –Nikkia

“Adequate support in the first 3 years (prenatal care, maternity/family leave, childcare
options)”–CaShawn

“Fair treatment in the work place. We do not recieve the same considerations that our Caucasian sisters do when it comes to time off for family needs before and after pregnancy.” –Lauren

“Single motherhood-juggling it all plus work responsibilities–making the workplace family friendly, helping mamas find and keep work.” –Angel

“Affording our children a better education without taking them away from our communities and the people in their “village”.–Njeri

“Disparities in health care!”–Lorrie

Do any of these ring true for you? Did you utter an “AMEN!” or two while reading. I know I did as I watched the responses roll in. Please continue to share your thoughts by posting to this blog so others can see it. Our agenda is taking shape. And for this week’s question, where do you see black fathers fitting into our movement?? If you’re still bitter about not being invited to the Million Man March, don’t answer ! (ha!) But, seriously, is this our thang? Or a black family thing? Let me know your thoughts.

In motherhood,
Kimberly

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