In Lieu of Gifts: What Many Mothers Really Need This Mother’s Day

As Mother’s Day approaches, I cannot help but think of two women, Mildred and Claudine. Mildred, of course, is my mother. Claudine is Diahann Carroll’s character from the 1974 movie “Claudine”, and she is the fictional depiction of my mother and so many other mothers in the U.S. today. Claudine is a single mother of six who works as a maid, albeit secretly so that she can still qualify for welfare.  She falls in love with a garbage man, Rupert (James Earl Jones). However, as Claudine and Rupert’s relationship grows, they quickly realize that they live and operate in a socio-political system that is rigged against them.

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