“This book is concerned with understanding the emotional realities of Black women’s lives in order to answer a political, not a personal, question: What does it mean to be a Black woman and an American citizen?
…The particular histories of slavery, Jim Crow, urban segregation, racism, and patriarchy that are woven into the fabric of American politics have created a specific citizenship imperative for African-American women—a role and image to which they are expected to conform.
We can call this image the strong Black woman… The strong Black woman myth is a misrecognition of African-American women. But it creates specific expectations for their behavior.” -- Excerpted from the Introduction (pgs. 20-21)