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The Executive Director of The BLK ProjeK, a food justice and public/mental health organization committed to urban farming and the elimination of food deserts, Fields and her work are gradually, quietly revolutionizing low-income neighborhoods in one of many cities in this nation where it is toughest to survive while poor.

… And folks are focused on her family dynamics?

Some might argue Fields is an exception to the single mom rule: educated and at the frontlines of activism while low-income and expecting a fifth child. Those who’d make this argument would assert that “most” black single mothers are not invested in the betterment of their communities and are instead solely reliant on their communities to invest in them.

The mothers featured here at Beyond Baby Mamas time and again defy that logic. We are non-profit workers, college professors, hospital workers, writers, artists, intellectuals, engineers, public servants, students at all levels of education. There are too many of us to be “exceptions.”

Black single motherhood is not just diverse in its professional representations; we have distinct attitudes toward our families, personal narratives that may converge at some points but all possess unique characteristics. And we deserve to be able to believe about ourselves and our children that which makes us strongest and most productive.

But friends, family, and strangers actively work not only to attack that belief but to willfully ignore any and all work we do for the betterment of our own families and others’. They do this in the name of advancing a single narrative black single mothers as poor, money-hungry, lazy, bitter, and/or pitiable. And, to Tanya Fields’ point, plenty of them are black and brown like us.

It can be exhausting to get out of bed and challenge those deeply ingrained stereotypes. It can be paralyzing to face a world that won’t acknowledge your pain, your disappointment, or your endurance — an endurance that, some days, is nothing short of heroic.

This was what made that moment last Friday so significant. For once, for a few moments, we all bore witness to a single mother as a whole woman and were all called to contend with any of our own culpability in making her and women like her feel so staggeringly tired.

http://beyondbabymamas.com/2013/11/10/tanya-fields-melissa-harris-perry-and-the-single-mom-moment-heard-round-the-sister-circle/

Quote "The ones who are most vulnerable to being in your exact position are the most likely to shame you." - @MHarrisPerry #nerdland

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Originally posted by CherryBlossom CherryBlossom wrote:

which comments are you apologising for ajax and why the sudden change of tune?Geek
 
I talked to a poster and we discussed on how I was insensitive and unempathetic and wrong. I agree with her.
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Originally posted by femmefatale85 femmefatale85 wrote:

how do you make the same mistake 5 times?


No longer a mistake
It's a choice and a damn pattern
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I don't see any similar features

Originally posted by Katrenia Katrenia wrote:

Originally posted by patternsandtexture patternsandtexture wrote:


 


If Gabriel Union got big ^^
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Originally posted by afrokock afrokock wrote:

Yeah no one would applaud if it was a him with multiple baby muvvas

But im sure she felt good after that post and that's all that matters


Lmao

Not even a chance

And I'm so tired of being told I'm not supporting other women if I don't support this dumb sh*t. I was raised by a single parent and I would've preferred not to be. But at least she chose to focus on work and not finding the next one and the next one.
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