ERIC Number: EJ714278
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun-1
Reference Count: 0
Empowerment Groups for Urban African American Girls: A Response
Holcomb-McCoy, Cheryl C.
Professional School Counseling, v8 n5 p390 Jun 2005
Although the author wanted to read Bemak, Chung, and Siroskey-Sabdo's article in an objective sense, her response to their article is most likely influenced by her own experiences as an African American female and mother of an African American daughter. To her, the paramount issue facing African American females is the double and sometimes triple oppressions that African American Females experience--being female, African American, and often times poor or working-class. Dealing with racial stereotypes along with gender stereotypes can have a damaging influence on the development of African American girls. And, despite the achievements of African American women in this country, the images of African American females continue to be negative (Jordan, 1997). Counselors of African American females, therefore, must have the ability to conceptualize problems from a feminist perspective as well as a cultural/racial perspective.
Descriptors: Gender Discrimination, Racial Bias, Stereotypes, Afrocentrism, Females, African Americans, Social Bias, Empowerment, Urban Areas, Counseling Techniques
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A