So. I recently listened to a video of rapper, Kodak Black saying that he did not like black women. At first, it sounded like he was referring to all black women. Then, he went on to say that he liked African American women but he preferred lighter skinned women because he did not want a woman that was his complexion. He also went on to say that dark-skinned women are too “tough” and light-skinned women are more “sensitive”.
Now, as a dark-skinned black woman – A proud one – this really bothered me and it just reminded me of the fact that a lot of black men put down black women. Black women are so disrespected and it is sad because black women give their all and don’t get anything back. The fact that a Kodak Black – not that I’m interested in an ignorant dude like that – will look at me and tell me that he doesn’t want me because of my skin tone, which would translate that I’m too tough, is really really sad to me.
But that’s okay.
I’m okay with who I am and I don’t want a dude who thinks about me or my beautiful black women in that way.
So, today and everyday this week, I want to celebrate black women because we need to be celebrated, not just this week but every week. I came across this amazing poem today. I couldn’t find the name of the author but it is so amazing and just celebrates who we are. So, my beautiful black women, let us keep on being the beautiful, strong, magnificent goddesses that we are. Those that know us will be blessed to know us.
Here is the poem
WHAT IF I AM A BLACK WOMAN
Is it a disease? Well, if it is, I sure hope its catching
Because they need to pour it into a bottle,
label it, and sprinkle it All over the people
men and women who Never loved or cried,
worked or died For any one of us.
So…What if I am a Black woman?
Is it a crime? Arrest me!
Because I’m strong, but I’m gentle,
I’m smart, but I’m learning,
I’m loving, but I’m hateful.
And I like to work because
I like to eat and feed and
clothe and house Me, mine
and yours and everybody’s,
Like I’ve been doing for 300 years.
What if I am a Black woman?
Is it insane? Commit me!!
Because I want Happiness, not tears;
Truths not lies; Pleasure not pain;
Sunshine not rain; A man not a child!
What if I am a Black woman? Is it a sin?
Pray for me! And pray for you too,
If you don’t like women of colour
because we are…Midnight Black,
Chestnut Brown, Honey Bronzed,
Chocolate Covered, Cocoa Dipped,
Big Lipped, Big Breasted, and BEAUTIFUL
all at the same time!
So what if I am a Black Woman?
Does it bother you that much because
I want a man who wants me…
Loves me and trusts me, and respects me
And gives me everything back, PLUS!!
What if I am a Black Woman? I’ve got rights,
same as you! I have worked for them,
died for them, played and laid for them,
On every plantation from Alabama to Boston and Back!
What if I am a Black woman?
I love me, and i want you to love me too,
But I am as I’ve always been,
Near you, close to you, beside you,
strong giving, loving,
For over 300 years, Your black woman…Love me!
Give it up for some black girl magic ya’ll!
Poem Link: http://www.tributetoblackwomen.com/poems/whatif.htm
Photo: Dania Love