Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength

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Wipf and Stock Publishers, Jun 19, 2014 - Religion - 232 pages
Black women are strong. At least that's what everyone says and how they are constantly depicted. But what, exactly, does this strength entail? And what price do Black women pay for it? In this book, the author, a psychologist and pastoral theologian, examines the burdensome yoke that the ideology of the Strong Black Woman places upon African American women. She demonstrates how the three core features of the ideology--emotional strength, caregiving, and independence--constrain the lives of African American women and predispose them to physical and emotional health problems, including obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and anxiety. She traces the historical, social, and theological influences that resulted in the evolution and maintenance of the Strong Black Woman, including the Christian church, R & B and hip-hop artists, and popular television and film. Drawing upon womanist pastoral theology and twelve-step philosophy, she calls upon pastoral caregivers to aid in the healing of African American women's identities and crafts a twelve-step program for Strong Black Women in recovery.

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Author is a published author, psychologist, and pastoral theologian in multiple positions of authority, and she thought about her accomplishments, and realized "I was lonely." This launched a "nuanced ... Read full review

Contents

A Portrait of
14
The Pain of the StrongBlackWoman
41
Racism
80
Societal Reactions to
109
Must Black Women Bear the Yoke Alone? The Church and
130
Liberating Black Women from
160
Recovery Program
197
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Chanequa Walker-Barnes is Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University, Atlanta, Georgia. She is a licensed psychologist and a candidate for ordination in the United Methodist Church. Her articles have been published in a wide range of scholarly journals, including Journal of Pastoral Theology, Child Development, and American Journal of Community Psychology.

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