Graham stated that black communities are empowered by “mutual aid and self help” and “emerged from a sense of collective struggle” (2004). The social worker will have to understand that in the black communities, they have already identified that they have to help themselves and they will struggle to receive information from the social worker. If the social worker is not truly competent within certain black communities, the social worker will be afraid. From what I have seen with working with my culture is that they like to intimidate social workers, therapist, social services workers etc. This is simply a defense mechanism because of being in oppression for so long, they do not want to lose control. Social workers need to be competent as to also not break engagement because the black community and African American culture will not continue to work with someone who does not understand them. I believe the black community is fun to work within because of our resilience and our ability to get back up after being knocked down time after time. There will be a lot of resistance when trying to initiate and engage the black culture, but after working with the black culture, the social worker will see that the resistance is only a form of protection.References:Graham, M. (2004). Empowerment revisited—social work, resistance and agency in black communities. European Journal Of Social Work, 7(1), 43-56. doi:10.1080/136919145042000217393REPLYQUOTEEMAIL AUTHORHide 3 replies (2 unread)5 days ago
Charmaine Mitchell RE: Discussion 1 - Week 5COLLAPSEThanks, Paulita for providing insight of the southern culture. You mentioned that racism still is a factor and Tennessee and within the Black community they will struggle to receive information from the social worker. Would the Black community struggle to receive information from a social worker of a race outside of the African American culture or would they experience the struggle across the board?REPLYQUOTEEMAIL AUTHOR4 days agoMonique Holsey WALDEN INSTRUCTORMANAGERRE: Discussion 1 - Week 5COLLAPSEPaulita, Why do you feel working with Black families will have a resistance?Dr. HymanREPLYQUOTEEMAIL AUTHORHide 1 reply (1 unread)2 days ago
Paulita Edmondson RE: Discussion 1 - Week 5COLLAPSEProfessor Holsey, I feel that more often than not, when I have worked with black families, their reason for not wanting to do certain things such as see a therapist or discuss medication management wasbecause they went to church and believed that prayer would heal them. I am a black person that grew up in the church and there are many instances when we were told that we did not need to see a "shrink" because God was all we need. I believe the black culture looks at receiving help as a weakness or unnecessary. REPLYQUOTEEMAIL AUTHOR8 days agoTamara Bruno RE: Discussion 1 - Week 5COLLAPSECulture is the values and beliefs that a community manifests and embodies through experiences and acceptable behaviors. Although it is not entirely ones nationality, a persona nationality plays a large role in someone’s culture. I would say that if I am a client of a social worker and a
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