Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Why I'm ambivalent about that WaPo/Kaiser survey of black women

In a new nationwide survey conducted by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation, a complex portrait emerges of black women who feel confident but vulnerable, who have high self-esteem and see physical beauty as important, who find career success more vital to them than marriage. The survey, which includes interviews with more than 800 black women, represents the most extensive exploration of the lives and views of African American women in decades. Read more...
It's hard to know whether to be happy or dismayed about this survey of black women that has gained so much attention since it's release last week. It is nice that, for once, a major media outlet spoke to black women, rather than at, about or around us. It is disheartening, though, that it requires "extensive exploration" for the broader American public to determine that black women are diverse and complicated beings, like, y'know, everyone else.


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