What are the signs of strength and persistence of survival strategies that African Americans have adopted in countering social and economic challenges?Some of the social and economic challenges I am interested in are racism, impact of HIV/Aids, rising unemployment, inequities in the US justice system, and health disparities.
I think the importance of the family unit, and the presence of more matriarchal system within the African American community have been important survival strategies. With high and ever increasing rates of incarceration for African American males, it is the women who are the heads of household and the larger extended family unit. These women are the rocks of the society and rely on each other in great deal to continue the family unit. African American families rely on the extended family (aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, etc) to survive in a society where the immediate family unit is often broken.