Being a black woman in 2017 is such an empowering and beautiful thing. All the opportunity and “acceptance” to showcase the magic we have to offer the world. I am pro Black. That doesn’t mean I am anti White or anti any other race. That means I am proud of what I am and where I came from.
My ancestors before me have been oppressed for 400+ years. Never allowed to embrace their culture, skin, religion, and beliefs openly. Never being allowed to take what skill God has given them and gain the knowledge to do what they want in life. Their strength to keep pushing against all odds is what inspires me today.
Though time have changed, black people are still oppressed. We are opressed in the workplace, profiling, social media, the gifts we have to offer the world are suppressed. Thats just to name a few things. Same shit, different toliet, right? The problem is still present and hasn’t gone anywhere.
I will never understand why repecting and treating a person is based on their skin COLOR. Regardless of that ONE difference, each and every on of us are HUMAN!
Now comes the “disadvantage” of being both a woman and being BLACK.
Image those things I listed and times them by 2. Simply by the double jeopardy of being both Black and woman , society has problems respecting the humanity of both groups.
Society is somehow for whatever reason threatened by a strong BLACK woman.
Society has this idea that all black women are what the media and Hollywood portray. We are bitter. We are angry. We are lazy. We are stupid. Ghetto. Ratchet. Ugly. Not good enough.
They have no idea the beauty that lies within us. We are strong. We are loving. We are compassionate. We are intelligent. We work our asses off. We have class. We are beautiful. We are enough. WE ARE MAGIC.
We may always be looked at as lesser than and may never get the respect we are owed. We have to continue to shed our light and shine bright. Continue to be our best selves. Uplift our fellow sisters and always encourage one another. Always have a shoulder for our sisters and push her to her greatest potential.
We have to continue to spread LOVE.
The journey has not been and easy one. It may never be. But I wont allow society to suppress me from living. Suppress me from being happy and proud of who I am.
I will continue to express my blackness through my hair no matter how “nappy” it is to you. I will continue to feel sexy in my “too dark” skin. I will continue to stand tall knowing the magic I have to offer.
Regardless of uncomfortable or upset it may make others around me, I can’t be anything other than I am.