The Sisters Are Alright

The Sisters Are Alright

Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America

eBook - 2015
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What's wrong with black women? Not a damned thing! The Sisters Are Alright exposes antiblack-woman propaganda and shows how real black women are pushing back against distorted cartoon versions of themselves. When African women arrived on American shores, the three-headed hydra servile Mammy, angry Sapphire, and lascivious Jezebel followed close behind. In the '60s, the Matriarch, the willfully unmarried baby machine leeching off the state, joined them. These stereotypes persist to this day through newspaper headlines, Sunday sermons, social media memes, cable punditry, government policies, and hit song lyrics. Emancipation may have happened more than 150 years ago, but America still won't let a sister be free from this coven of caricatures. Tamara Winfrey Harris delves into marriage, motherhood, health, sexuality, beauty, and more, taking sharp aim at pervasive stereotypes about black women. She counters warped prejudices with the straight-up truth about being a black woman in America. We have facets like diamonds, she writes. The trouble is the people who refuse to see us sparkling
Publisher: Made available through hoopla, 2015
[United States] : Berrett-Koehler Publishers : 2015
ISBN: 9781626563537
Branch Call Number: eBook--Adult
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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Jul 17, 2017

I was intrigued by this book by the summary but it didn't hold my attention much after the third or fourth page. It is an interesting read but not as I imagined.

Jan 18, 2017

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LPL_KateG Sep 05, 2015

This book, written as a radical act of self-love, was a treasure to read. Winfrey-Harris is a powerful, vulnerable, and engaging author.


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