Bad Black Mothers And 'Precious'

What does a fictional mother like the one played by Mo'Nique in "Precious" and the real mother of 5-year-old Shaniya Davis have in common? They both encourage "Americans to see black motherhood as a distortion of true motherhood ideals," says Princeton professor Melissa Harris-Lacewell in an essay published in The Nation. Both women serve in a "long tradition of pathologizing Black motherhood" and encouraging "Americans to see black motherhood as a distortion of true motherhood ideals."
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