Afrocentricity—the placement of African values and ideals at the center of the discussion surrounding African culture, discourse, and behavior—is an important framework that has emerged over the past decade. In this timely volume, editor Janice D. Hamlet has chosen essays that illuminate various aspects of African American culture, refracted through the lens of Afrocentric thought. In Part I, the basics of Afrocentric ideology and methodology are examined. Part II focuses on Afrocentric approaches to the dynamics of communication. The Afrocentric influence on the black aesthetic is covered in Part III, with an examination of language, literature, oral tradition, movies, and television. Part IV provides a glimpse into the future of Afrocentric visions.
Chapter 13: The Functional Implications of Afrocentrism
The Functional Implications of Afrocentrism
This chapter attempts to articulate the Present Moment—that is, the contemporary state of the African-American community in the United States. As some—if not most—people are aware, a disproportionate number of the present generation of African American families are headed by Black women. In fact, about sixty percent of the households in the African-American community are headed by women.1 Those of them with children represent 30.7 percent of the national total at a time the overall population of African Americans constitutes roughly twelve percent of the U.S. national population.2 This, as one can imagine, places an unduly harsh burden on the shoulders of African-American women; it also means that Black men may no longer participate significantly ...