Dear Black Women…

Here is a poem I read, written by Tyler Payton and I wanted to share it with you.

Dear Black Women,

You are not what the media tells you you are.
You are not what society tells you you are.
You are not ugly, obnoxious, unintelligent,
You are not belligerent and unapproachable,
You are not unlovable.
You are not worthless.
You are not a finger-snapping, neck rolling stereotype.
You are not a sex toy for men who want to “see what it’s like,”
You are not supposed to be silent and complicit in your plight
You are supposed to stand up and be heard and fight
When aggression and oppression are weighing down with all their might
Forcing you into a corner that’s small, cramped, and tight
Until you can see no rescue in sight.
Black women, let me help you.
Let this letter be your rescue.
I have been in your place,
Have suffered in your space
The only escape is to realize what you are.
Black women,
From your hair to your nose to your lips,
From the light to the tan to the dark,
From the thin to the thick to the big,
You are beautiful.
Believe me.
You carry the wisdom of every black woman before you, and the strength of the universe within you.
You are powerful.
You are significant.
You are loved.
If by no one else, then by me,
Because you are all my sisters.

A Black Woman.

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