[Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America]
In chapter 9 of Shifting, Charisse Jones and Kumea Shorter-Gooden regard mothers as the primary educators and socializers of children. Black women have the added burden of socializing their children into a world that can be unaccepting or criminalize them without warning.
Black mothers with daughters have the additional responsibility of making their daughters secure about themselves physically and emotionally, all the while being, at times, insecure themselves in a Eurocentric world. The authors write, “The possibility of sexual victimization invokes fear in many mothers as well, particularly in a society whose popular culture continues to perpetuate the myth that Black women are promiscuous” (248).
What stood out most to you, in this chapter, about Black mothers and their daughters? Why or how so? Please provide a page number.