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Running head: SOCIAL SCIENTIFIC PERSPECTIVE 1 Project I Denize M. Shy University of Maryland University College Introduction to Social Sciences Professor Ajith Silva BEHS 210 September 23, 2018
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SOCIAL SCIENTIFIC PERSPECTIVE 2 My Social Scientific Perspective Who would have thought, that at the age of 49, an African American, wife and mother would decide to begin her college career? Where unique stereotypes of Black women in the United States are perceived negatively on items related to historically root societal stereotypes about motherhood, academic goals, and motivation to improve their socioeconomic status and be a role model for their children. That individual would be me. I decided to put school on hold to raise my two daughters, who are now twenty-nine and twenty-five years old. They and my husband are my inspiration and have motivated me to become a student at the University of Maryland University College. On September 29, 1967, Denize Mashell Palmer was born to Carl Kenneth Palmer and Gloria Camecia Palmer, in Aberdeen, Maryland at Kirk Army Hospital. My social circumstances were that of being born into a military family, which afforded me to move from continent to continent, often times not being able to develop long lasting relationships because as soon as you developed a friendship it was time to move to another state or country. Moreover, my religion became a place for me to find comfort. In the African American community, the relative go to is church. I can remember whenever I felt lonely or not connected to my social environment I would sing. As a little girl my father would play for me while I sang. There was a time, while my father was stationed in Germany; I had the opportunity to sing in East Berlin before history of the Berlin wall was torn down. It was a moment in my life when I felt proud to be an American even though in the United States being a black person was still challenging in the nation. In 1979, I moved to New Jersey, this is where I completed my education, married, and had my children. During this time in my life I became a government employee and my social
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SOCIAL SCIENTIFIC PERSPECTIVE 3 class was considered to be middle-class. It was considered to be a great thing when you were a government worker, and especially for me because I was 20 years old and at that time, I was classified as doing well. I enjoyed my job and being a wife and mother. However, as time progressed I became a statistic in my socio-economic status. I was a divorced, Black single female and the head of my household. As a single Black mother my safe place was my
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