You don’t have to watch many hip-hop videos to realize that black women’s bodies are not given the respect they deserve. Rappers are allowed to hire women by the truckload, demanding that they shake and shimmy for pennies by the hour. These exorbitant images are tattooed into the psyches of our daughters, who can be turned into hoochie mamas in training if we’re not careful. If your four-year-old child knows how to “drop it like it’s hot” before she learns her ABCs, then you’ve got a serious problem.
Here are some reasons that the body of the black woman is sacred, and I don’t want you to forget them: