Updated: Oct 14, 2020
For speaking up for Black women.
This opinion piece by Megan Thee Stallion moved me in unexpected ways. It stirred up painful memories that I have long suppressed in order to carry on as a Black woman shouldering too much weight. Memories of abuse by men, of being blamed or questioned for my role in triggering abusive men. Feeling dismissed. Told to shoulder on because I am perceived as strong. Yet, feeling all the while vulnerable, endangered, unsafe, and most unsettling...unprotected.
I am grateful to Megan Thee Stallion for penning these words and using her mighty platform to give a new voice to the lingering plight of Black women. She is joining a chorus of Black women whose voices have been too often appropriated and drowned out in various causes or movements.
But let us not ever forget that according to the molecular logic of mitochondrial DNA, it is quite possible that the original mother of the entire human race was born in Africa some 200,000 years ago. The Black woman, who likely birthed the human race, deserves reverence, not abuse. Above all, she deserves to be preserved and protected at all cost.
Thank you, New York Times, for shining this light on Black women today. I hope that it is seen and felt and shared widely, and that it contributes to lasting change for the good of our shared humanity.
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