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Everyday Racism in Black Mothers Lives: Implications for Social Work

Social Work Chronicle

Volume 6 Issue 1

Published: 2017
Author(s) Name: Crystal M. Hayes, W. J. Casstevens | Author(s) Affiliation: Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Work, North Carolina State University, USA.
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Abstract

This qualitative study explores the impact of everyday racism on seven African American mothers, and how these experiences informed maternal parenting practices. It aims to give Black mothers a voice (seldom heard) in the literature on racism and parenting, by directly consulting them about what they do and why they do it. The first author is a Black woman and the second a White woman, both are mothers and social workers in the United States. Black mothers were asked to look at choices and obligations as parents through the lens of everyday racism, to add to social workers understanding of systemic racism and diversity.

Keywords: Motherhood, Race, Ethnicity

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