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Black Women and Motherhood Essey1 summary and focused responce The reading Black Women and Motherhood by Patricia hill Collins was like hearing about a different culture The way black communities raise their families and work with each other is very different and unique than what Im used to and is no where near that of a traditional family In reading this essay I found that their were two basic points brought up by Collins Those were the way the community family friends and people in general took part in child raising and the mothers style in parenting Raising children in African-American communities is quite different than it is in ours In African-American communities it was seen as unwise or even impossible to rise children alone As a result of this parenting comes from the biological mother friends family and the community The biological mother is known as the bloodmother She of course has primary responsibilities Women who help bloodmothers in child care responsibilities are known as othermothers An example of one would be a friend family member or a neighbor in the community There are also women-centered networks of child care These child care facilities often extend beyond the boundaries of biologically related individuals and include fictive kin1 The purpose of othermothers and women-centered networks was to make sure the children were cared for To them it didnt matter what the situation was Whether it was supporting a child or helping a bloodmother who lacked the preparation or desire for motherhood they were there They would even take children in as their own if it was needed An example of this would be an orphaned child or a mother who has too many of her own Because of the shared responsibilities of child care between each other this can only happen in small trustworthy communities In fact these communities with shared
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