WE BLACK WOMEN
We black women are
Mamas, sisters, friends, lovers, teachers, warriors, and sometimes enemies of those who hate us and who want to exploit and use us, mostly for sex and company,
We black women have stood strong and proud in the face of hate and rejection by those who do not see us, who do not love us,
Because of their own pain and their own fears.
But we black women
We are like Maya Angelou
And Fannie Lou Hamer
And Nina Simone
And Angela Davis
And Elaine Brown
And Billie Holiday
And Alice Walker
And Abbey Lincoln
And Shirley Horn
And Bessie Smith
And June Jordan
And Marimba Ani
And Toni Morrison
And Anita Hill
And bell hooks
And many, many more black women – like my own mother and sister.
We are black, and we are women
We have changed our worlds and this world for the better and the world sees us and knows what we have done.
The world knows who we are.
Not all black women do good, not all black women are good
There are some black women have done irreparable harm to their children and to their families,
But most of all they have abandoned themselves.
There are black women who have given up on living their own lives
Maybe they did and do not know how to live for themselves
Maybe the fear of life and others has overcome and overpowered them
Maybe they have believed what others said about them, so therefore they lived the lies of others.
But there are many of us, black women, who have turned other peoples’ lies upside down
We black women have told and written our own stories
We black women are remembered as the authors and finishers of our own fates
And, we black women have survived the unthinkable, the unimaginable when we could have been dead and gone.
We black women.
And, we women.
We black women are proudly black and we will be seen, heard, for indeed, we are very, very beautiful.
© 2017 annalise fonza, Ph.D.