Victoria Green, a teacher in the Dougherty County School System, says she wrote her latest book to benefit young African-American women. (Special photo)
ALBANY – Victoria Green, a teacher of economics at Albany High School, says she wrote “Where’s Her Mama?” to benefit a lost generation of young African-American women. Green is in contact with teenagers every day, she says, and cites a change in black motherhood for a disappearance of self-value in their daughters.
“Up until my mother’s generation, African-American women taught their children how to function in society,” Green said. “I think that in the last few decades we’ve kind of lost that. When I see them at the school I can tell they don’t have a good tangible idea of a woman by the what they say and do and what they wear.”
Green blames the problem, at least in part, on crack cocaine and the “short cycle” of many black families.
“Crack cocaine began to be a real negative influence in the 1980s,” Green said. “Some people turned to crack because of poor economic situation. When their mothers were preoccupied with doing crack, that contributed to young women having babies before they were ready. The grandmother may be, say, 42, the mother in her 30s and the child just 14 or 15.”
Green’s central basis in her book is what she refers to as “the three C’s,” the first C signifying a general celebration for the strength and beauty of the African-American woman. The second C is to charge older and wiser African-American women to take action toward helping the younger set to find their way.
“All of us should pass along this strength and wisdom whether or not we have children,” Green said.
The third C, Green said, is to challenge young black women to look toward these older and wiser women as role models. Green says the book first addresses the role of women — all women — and their importance in American society.
“The woman is actually the carrier of the seed. The woman is often the the strength, the nurturer and a teacher,” Green said, “This is a problem of young women in understanding how valuable they are to a community.”
In her book, Green cautions parents about how they name their children. In her view, traditional African-style names can hobble a child for life.
“We all know people shouldn’t be biased,” Green said. “But you know what? Sometimes they are. Some people will see an African name on a resume and think, ‘Oh no,’ and that’s the end of that. It’s not right, but it’s an economic reality. You’re messing things up for your child.”
“Where’s Her Mama” is priced at $30 for a hardcover version, or $10 in paperback. Green said she’s making efforts to place the book through organizations such as Girls Inc., church groups and even prison reading programs, which could make the copies available to African-American girls. The book can be found Green’s website, www.triplevpress.com or Amazon.com. For more information, contact Green at (229) 894-2069.