African American women that are focused on in the article "Lifting as We Climb", I believe, give a fairly accurate overview of the over all impact and ideal system that many blacks in the community held. Therefore, to understand African American women's ideal, which invariably is a reflection of the overall black ideal system, we must first evaluate the overall stance of blacks across the nation. The increasingly large amount of racism that was being experienced by blacks across the country during the reconstruction era and later, forced the African American's of this nation to unite under one common belief. Originally the belief was that, with the 13th and 14th amendments, blacks would soon be experience full participation in the main stream culture of white Americans. This, they would soon realize, would not be the case and so a new approach must be taken. African Americans, for the majority, focused instead on preparation for full integration into the mainstream culture. Civil rights and full assimilation were the long-term goals for blacks nation-wide, but to does this the belief they were to approach this first goal through the accumulation of wealth and the development of more pure virtues. Thus the self-help and racial solidarity became the dominant defensive philosophy.
This, in turn, brings us to the topic at hand. Now, holding this belief system, we can then look... [continues]
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