ERIC Number: ED224567
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Strengths: African-American Children and Families.
Hilliard, Asa G., III
It is generally true that when people are deprived of their own cultural forms and are coerced into adopting the cultural forms of others, disorder, stress, and even disability will occur. Conversely, the basic strength of any people results from their experience of historical and cultural continuity. The strengths of African-American children and families are to be found in their participation as members of a distinct cultural group. African-American culture, like all others, functions as a basis for the group's mobilization to work in its own behalf and provides for group identity, purpose, and direction. African-American children and families are strong when they feel themselves part of something much larger than themselves. Although such strength is not recognized in the typical speculations and research of academics, nor in the distortions of television sitcoms and media fantasy, overwhelming evidence of strength in African-American children and families exists and can be seen, for example, in strong work orientation, achievement motivation, and kinship ties. Remedies for low performance among African-Americans are the same remedies other groups employ and enjoy; where group identity exists, the strengths of children and families will be manifest. (RH)
Descriptors: Black Culture, Blacks, Cultural Background, Group Unity, Parent Role, Racial Discrimination, Reference Groups, Stress Variables
Workshop Center for Open Education, Room 4-200, North Academic Complex, City College, New York, NY 10031 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, NY. City Coll. Workshop Center for Open Education.