"We are the foundation, nurturers and emotional support for our families. We are the infrastructure, the glue that holds everything together".
Being a black woman is extremely hard in this Eurocentric society. In the Eurocentric society we are considered last in almost every measurable category. It's imperative that we as women are the support in the family structure. We are nurturers. In the speech "Making of a Slave" by Willie Lynch (Willie Lynch was a slave owner who came to America in 1712 to teach the white southern slave owners how to make a slave. He stated, if what he said was implemented, it would control the slaves for at least 300 years). This is an excerpt on what he called "The Breaking Process of the African Woman." The first part was to put hate and distrust between the black woman and the black man. After that is accomplished the following should be the result:
The Willie Lynch model is still being used today. We have roles in the family. Willie Lynch showed slave owners how to reverse those roles. Most of our households are single mother led households, about 65%, compare that to 25% white, and 16% Asian. With our roles reversed - and the idea of the "strong black woman", we have fallen into the trap. This trap leads to weaker men and the raising of "independent women", which only serves to facilitate the cycle. This section is designed to break the psychological hold and influence of the Willie Lynch letters, and help us black women retake our natural positions. We are the foundation, nurturers and emotional support for our families. We are the infrastructure, the glue that holds everything together.