This is unbelievable and no wonder some people are upset on the web…There are several amazing and great black mothers all around but it has been found that if you type “Black Mothers are” into Google the first term that auto populates is “the worst.”
Just by calling attention to this issue, writer Anthonia Akitunde’s story has already replaced the top search. Below is some of her thoughts on the issue…
According to HuffingtonPost;
When you Google the phrase “Black mothers are…” the first autopopulated result is “…the worst,” followed by “…abusive,” and then two questions wondering just how many of those black mothers were single. (There is no equivalent for white or Asian mothers, though the term “Hispanic mothers are” pulls up “in Hispanic families mothers are respected as healers.”)
The results are telling of the dated perceptions around black women and their families. They slap of racist rhetoric and stereotypes that can be traced back to the Reagan era’s trumped-up welfare queen — the myth of single black mothers who saw their numerous children as nothing more than taxpayer-subsidized paychecks — and “crack babies.” Add to that a number of other race-based social phenomenon that stole the headlines in the past (inner city violence, black-on-black crime), and you can begin to see just how the idea that “Black mothers are the worst” came to be.
Sadly these caricatures haven’t grown dusty with age and disuse over the years. We’ve seen them pop up again and again, most recently in viral “news” stories such as the swearing “thug baby” video captured by Omaha, Nebraska police and cellphone footage of a woman tossing her daughter aside to fight a complete stranger on a bus.
These disturbing cases should be treated as the outliers that they are, and not indicative of who black mothers are. mater mea, a website I founded, was created to provide a more realistic picture of black motherhood. By highlighting the stories of women who are managing the work-life balance question plaguing many women today, the site hopes to show that black mothers aren’t the best or the worst — they’re just simply mothers.