It appears that the majority of us get so uncomfortable with who we are as African-American, Black etc..and when we do express our natural selves and or embrace who it is that we are as a race we are considered to be ‘Too Black’ or too different from the rest of society’s standards of what it we are supposed to look, to be and to act like. I love being black and it nothing like it.
“I have a desire to be unique and to stand apart from the rest, so I love being BLACK”…..
We have been stripped of our heritage for so many generations and were told to be less of a negro and be more like a robot to others standards of beauty is. Sadly! This is why African-Americans are the only race of people who can never fully embrace their ethnicity as BLACK being the ‘Thing To Be’.
We were taught that being black is a bad thing and encouraged to look like everyone else to be accepted. Through my travels throughout the city I see so many young black girls with 20 to 40 inch weaves trying to imitate the ‘Love & Hip-Hop’ lifestyle. I’m not knocking any woman for wearing hair extensions, weaves, or pieces because I too used to wear them at one time in my life.
Expression is uniquely yours in whatever way you like to portray , but never lose sight of who it is that you are. “I love being BLACK”…
It’s funny to me when another race of people commit a crime or offends one of us (African-American), we are so quick to stand up for our blackness then but when it happens within our own communities and behind closed doors any kind of treatment is tolerated especially when it comes to Dark verses Light, Good Hair versus Natural Hair and the beat goes on. I imagine all the energy it must take to bring down a race of people being redirected into a positive force that will encourage the building up of a people. But no! we don’t have time or even care about those issues.
We’ve been taught to deny the greatness we possess and the abilities we have. We’ve been taught to hate our image and deny the rich blood running through our veins. I encounter countless African-American men and women who are extremely intelligent but the thing is their intelligence are being exploited and used to dumb down a race. “If your black your ugly” they say, ” If your black you won’t get anywhere in life” they say,. I say the devil is a liar and I love being BLACK!