Malcolm X once said that the most disrespected, unprotected, and neglected person in America is the black woman. Sometimes we can only depend on ourselves and each other to lift us up because even the black man will look the other way and ignore our cries and overlook our wounds. For this reason, I’m always excited to read posts that praise BLACK women. I get it, you guys say that feminism is for ALL women. But just like those times we try to get white people to see how problematic it is to say all lives matter at a black lives matter protest, it’s problematic to not praise the most disrespected, unprotected, and neglected person in America just because you don’t want to offend every woman who isn’t black.
Dear Black Women is Nik’s latest post and I want to take her out to brunch and have bottomless mimosas for writing it. It was short but in just a few words, she reminded me of my power. In just a few short words she told me to always remember to be me unapologetically. She didn’t hesitate to remind the black women reading that we have a responsibility as a sister. Sometimes that sisterhood will be the only thing that we can depend on and in order to make sure it’s something we can actually depend on, we must always have each other’s backs. Beyoncé told us to get in formation but are we going to really lock arms and face all of our adversities head on or are we going to just lip sync the song while driving on Snapchat? Are we going to hold each other down when facing racism, patriarchy, misogyny, sexualization, etc. or are we going to pick and choose when we want to be against those things?
Beyoncé told you to get in formation. Nik reminded us that we have a job to do. I’m yelling, “on your mark, get set, go!” It’s your turn. What are you going to do, sis?
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