7. We Love Us, but We’re Not Going to Pretend like we’re Perfect
By us, I mean black women. Any time we say anything that doesn’t paint black women as angels, queens, goddesses or mothers of the earth, there are people who claim Madame Noire is discouraging black women from whatever goals they’re trying to reach. No, quite the contrary. We’re talking about black women and the black community like the real people we are. Good, decent most of the time but flawed and imperfect sometimes. That’s what it means to be human. And as awesome as black women are, at the end of the day we’re still human and we have issues that we shouldn’t be afraid to discuss. Pretending issues like colorism, tough relationship topics and other societal issues don’t exist, is not going to help anybody in the long run. Langston Hughes hit the nail on the head when he said, referring to black people, a sentiment that could be extended to all people, “We know we are beautiful. And ugly too.” That’s the truth, it’s raw but it’s real.
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