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Invincible. Reliable. Resilient. These are the characteristics of The Strong Black Woman.
The dark underside of this cultural belief that has a chokehold on Black women and the Black community include the following: Ignores self-care. Puts herself last. Shoulders burdens even those not her own. The Strong Black Woman How A Myth Endangers the Mental and Physical Health of Black Women fearlessly examines The Strong Black Woman mentality as a source of resilience for millions of African American women and also a danger to their mental and physical health. The cultural belief in the near invincibility of Black women as bedrocks of their families and communities leads Black women to neglect their emotional and physical health as they prioritize the needs and requirements of others. The legacy of slavery, and systemic racism have resulted in health statistics for Black women that are dire. Black women lead in the incidence of stroke, heart attacks, and obesity -related illness and death.
Because Black women too often believe “Black don’t crack” they often feel that they have no time to show weakness or ask for help. But Black does crack and Black women are in the midst of a preventable health crisis.