Radio Host Issues Black Women’s Manifesto for 2012
Monique Caradine, a radio show host on WVON 1690 AM in Chicago, has issued a Black Women’s Manifesto for 2012, aimed at countering the negativity she sees black women displaying on popular reality TV shows like the Real Housewives of Atlanta and Basketball Wives.
Caradine says the women’s behavior sends a bad message to young viewers.
“It seems like every time I turn on the TV, black women are fighting each other, throwing drinks, cussing each other out and acting like they have completely lost their minds.
“They may be nice people behind the scenes, but their claim to fame is fighting and being loud and irrational. It’s sad that grown women – all of whom are mothers – are willing to compromise their true brilliance, their integrity, and our collective image for the sake of entertainment.”
So, by abiding by this nine-point manifesto, Caradine believes black women can live healthier, more positive lives going into the new year. Here’s what she wants black women to pledge in 2012:
- We will strive for better health—mentally, physically and spiritually.
- As mothers, we will put the BEST interest of our children FIRST.
- We will absolutely NOT flirt with, lunch with, spend time with, share personal information with, engage in long conversation with, or have sex with another woman’s husband
- We will raise our standards and level of expectation when it comes to relationships.
- We will vigorously protect our image in the media.
- We will create a multiple-streams-of-income lifestyle.
- We will ONLY speak words that give life.
- We will lovingly forgive ourselves for bad decisions and stupid mistakes.
- We will honor ourselves (and the God within us) everyday.
You really can’t argue with anything on this list. We’re quick to throw out general “we’ve got to do better” lines every time we catch black women engaged in negative behavior, but this manifesto hits every nail directly on the head without being condescending. Plus, it’s all inclusive. There isn’t one thing on this list that every black woman has mastered, so at the very least, the manifesto serves as a great starting point for New Year’s resolutions.
Check out Monique Caradine’s explanation on her radio show below. What do you think of the Black Woman’s Manifesto? Is there anything you would add?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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