What Happens When a Black Woman Cries (A Conversation)

Black women are warriors. Collectively we are strategic, powerful, and without defeat. To some, black women have always been human soldiers who don't

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Black women are warriors. Collectively we are strategic, powerful, and without defeat. To some, black women have always been human soldiers who don’t seem to feel pain. The strong black woman is like a mythic superhero people search out when they find themselves in trouble.

There is something that black women can’t do. Black women express pain, hopelessness, grief, and discontent quite often. The problem is, in a society heavily layered with racism, sexism, and misogyny from the top down; even the mighty black woman can’t make people listen to her pain. Listen to stories about her struggle. Listen to her cry.

Is it any wonder then that throughout the planet earth, black girls and women are the most emotionally, physically, and sexually violated? There are little to no safe spaces for black girls and black women to so much as mention violent crimes against them. Until we confront and reckon with these truths, emotional, physical, and sexual violence will remain at epidemic levels in every crack and crevice of society.

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