I am a strong black woman
You don't own me,
You don't control me
The color of my skin shouldn't intimidate you
My melanin should not phase you
The color of my skin should't change you
I will celebrate my blackness
I will celebrate my black pride and black excellence
I will celebrate my heritage and joy in the richness of my people's history
Silencing me is no longer acceptable
Killing me will no longer be tolerated
I have got the exact same rights as you do
To speak, to be, to live
Why can't you see my beauty?
Why can't you see my worth?
I bring a lot to the table
So I deserve a seat at the table
But if you refuse to give me one, I will build my own table
As an African living in these United States Of America, the pain of racism and discrimination is a multi faceted one. As people of color, we all have a duty to speak, to use our platforms whether big or small to demand inclusivity, diversity and representation in all industries and all walks of life. We need to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are on the frontlines, working tirelessly to achieve this change that we seek, PERIOD! If doing that offends you, if our struggle makes you uncomfortable to the point where you prefer to switch off or log out, then you my friend are part of the problem. PERIOD!!