Let's give honor to these woman by understanding the definition of Black women!
What is a black woman?
A Black woman lives to survive, which is embedded in us from our African heritage. She will give her kids her last and starve knowing tomorrow will be a better day. She is a fighter that will stand up for her family and especially, her children. No matter what the circumstances are, a black woman doesn't take no shit from no man. When there is no man, a black woman can hold her own house down.
With so many shapes and sizes, they say black women have sharp tongues and keep their hands pressed against her full thighs. Yes we do! We do it to keep our kids from seeing the struggle and reassuring them that we will find a way. That's the willingness of defeating any obstacles or hurdles that appears. We do it to keep our men focus, so he can know that his family comes first. That's because they are talented and make great spouses. Black women do it to provide a life she never had.
Confident. Black. Woman.
Tell me what you see when you look at this image of beautiful black women?
Can you see an aunt, mother, sister, daughter, granddaughter, and cousin who will never attend another family function?
Can you see a woman of color who will never see their sons, daughters, nieces, and nephews accomplish a life milestone.
Can you see that they will never walk into a home and glimpse towards a little person running towards them yelling, "Grandma's Here!"
So much we see that they can't see. As an African American, Black, and woman of color, I fear for my life, my father, my husband, my brothers, and especially my son's life. It's bad enough I fear for my son on his first day's of school at the beginning of each school year. Wondering will he get bullied, will he make friends, and will the teachers take good care of him or would they mistreat him for his color.
So, when we say #icantbreathe, that's exactly what we mean. There's no more room for police brutality. There's no empty spots for racism and hatred. There's no more space for the injustice we have endure for the last 20 decades and more. #WECANTBREATHE!
When I see these women, I SEE ME!
More books to educate yourself understanding others, listed below:
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
This Misadventure of Awkward by Issa Rae
This Side of Home by Renee Watson
Like Sisters of Home by Rita Williams-Garcia
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
If you know any books not included in this list, please post them in comments below.
"To Understand One, Is To Understand All"
"Our Friendship Matters"