No one who chooses to smack me (and black women/black culture/black life) with his words or actions
Should think that I will not strike back and defend myself
In one way, shape or another
For I can do it without physically putting my hands on anyone or anything
I can use my power in a way that rejects their hypocrisy, abuse and disrespect.
Writing has been a tool of our greatest black warriors who stood up for themselves and their people
They did not let their captors and invaders control and define them with their hateful delusions and lies without a fight
It took me a long time to understand that writing can be such a powerful tool for self-defense and self-care
Now to use it to the best of my ability
Because when I am gone the writing will live on
And maybe it will take on new life.
© 2017 annalise fonza, Ph.D.