“The main idea really is that African Americans have a lot of strengths that we’re kind of ignoring and overlooking. We’re kind of focusing on a lot of the negative.”
University of Houston Downtown Associate Professor Stacie DeFreitas teaches psychology. She said the field is often focused on problems – but that can all start to feel overly negative. She said that is especially true when the focus is on African Americans.
“So I felt like it was really important in this book to look at some of the historical reasons why African Americans are struggling in some areas and look at some of the structural reasons – looking at things like racism, biases, other types of discrimination that are impacting African Americans,” DeFreitas said. “But also focusing on those strengths that African Americans have within the community to be resilient and rise above a lot of those barriers that they’re experiencing.”