1. Do you agree with the author’s viewpoint of African American’s?
2. Does this article make you want to make a difference in the African American community? If so how?
3. Since African American women are known as doers. Do you think African American women should be responsible for bringing up the black race? Why or why not?
4. What do you think are some of the first steps to uplift the African American race?
1. I agree with Ladner’s portrayal of a strong legacy of African American female leaders and organizations that provided support for the community when no one else would. Ladner seems to be speaking largely to a middle- to upper-class audience when she tells her readers that “We have to fix them because no one else is going to do it. We have to fix them because we care. We have to fix them because they are also our problems. We have to be concerned about drugs and child care because these are problems that also affect middle class kids.” I agree with her focus on building up the sense of community between all African Americans and with her portrayal of all the women who have and are do-ers in their communities.
2. Yes, it did. Ladner makes some great points about the importance of helping the younger generations that really made me feel inspired to support groups involved with uplifting young people. Because I am not a woman of color, I feel my responsibilities lie in supporting causes and groups that African American women are leading and organizing.
3. I don’t think that African American women should be responsible for bringing up the black race alone, men need to be aware of the issues and contribute to the solution too. Historically, there have been and are now many African American women stepping forward to lead, organize, educate, and generally support and encourage growth in their communities. So, while I don’t think that African American women alone should be responsible for the uplift of the black race, I do think that the many great foremothers, that Ladner brings up, represent a very strong foundation for female activism and organization that continues today.
4. From the reading what stood out to me, in terms of steps towards change, is a reconnection with a strong sense of responsibility for and to the community. Ladner says “(i)t is our obligation to teach this sense of responsibility to solve problems to the young women who are now entering adulthood” and “(i)t is our responsibility to use our social and civic clubs, our professional organizations, our churches, our workplaces – and everywhere else – to organize for change.” If everyone saw a problem and felt it was their responsibility to be a part of the solution, maybe there would be even more improvements and growth.