Everyone in the world works hard or at least attempts to. I feel as though everyone in the world has their own inner strength as well. However, very few can possess the strength of a Black Woman.
The Black Woman has a different fight in this life. God gave us this battle because he knew we would win.
We are mothers, we are sisters, we are nurtures, and we are a unit. Take for example, the lovely Ava DuVernay, who has given our beautiful daughters the gift that if you can dream it, it can happen. Then, there is the beautiful black actress who will star in the upcoming Disney film “A Wrinkle in Time”, which I never thought possible. Issa Rae, another miracle, who happens to be the writer, director and producer of the hit YouTube web series “Awkward Black Girl.” I love that she’s not afraid of vulnerability and it shows in her work. A black woman being open about herself is something that is often looked down upon in our community. We as black women, live in fear of being judged as weak or not strong enough, but sharing our struggles and hardships makes us stronger.
We as black women are never depressed because we must be grateful for the life we have. If everything were taken away from us tomorrow, we wouldn’t be able to cope.
Sadly, this is our reality. However, we continue to push boundaries and overcome adversity by any means necessary. We must fight like Congresswoman Maxine Water’s wants us to because we “ARE RECLAIMING OUR TIME”; the time we have lost having to prove ourselves time and time again to our white counterparts because we’re black. We must hold on tight to our little sisters Zendaya, Keke, Yahra, Malia and Sasha. We must continue to congratulate ourselves because we damn sure deserve a pat on our backs when we do something good. Why should we have to settle? Do we not deserve a job well done after basically saving the world?
Along with saving the world, we must be mothers, problem solvers, and teachers. None of this is an easy job. It requires skill, patience and talent, and guess what? It’s a job that we have to do 365 days a year. We don’t get vacation time and we certainly don’t get weekends off.
Being a black woman means so much more to me now than it ever did. It taught me how to be resilient, to continue to fight when I’m told no and to have faith when the circumstances are less than fathomable. It taught me that even though I have to work twenty times harder than my white co-workers, that doesn’t mean I am less than they are.
Most importantly, being a black woman means I have access to a network of women who can relate to me and have experienced the same things I have. We have an understood language, an understood culture.
To all my beautiful melanin-filled queens, understand that the power you possess is unlike anyone else’s. Your mind has been created differently, your beauty is unmatched. Your intellect is one that can never be compared. My Queens, please love yourself deeply and know your worth. Without you, the world would be obsolete.
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