because it a part of a stereotype as old as the trans Atlantic slave trade. it’s a part of a popular construction of the black woman that portrays her as so strong that she is incapable of weakness, so independent that she doesn’t need help or support,and so thick-skinned that she is incapable of pain. it was used to justify the horrifying treatment of black women during slavery which went against the they way white womanhood was constructed in society (See Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman?”) .therefore these stereotypes were used to dehumanize black women during slavery, and they continue to do so today.
why do you think people have so little sympathy for black single mothers or black women on welfare (who are perpetually seen as “gold-digging baby mamas and welfare queens)??? why do the tear of white women move American while the cries of black women go unheard?
the “mad and independent black woman who don’t need no man” trope may seem harmless and funny but its roots are quite insidious and have consequences in the ways we perceive black women
black women are as strong and vulnerable and lovable as any other woman on earth. she needs support and love and caring just like every other person on earth.