Black women are amazing and beautiful and deserving of so much more and better than the world is currently willing to give us. But unfortunately, sometimes I wonder if we truly know this truth, or whether we just love to trend hashtags like #blackgirlmagic for the fun of it. Here are four important ways that black women shoot ourselves in the foot before we can even get in the game and play.
1. Picking Up The Pieces For Everyone Else’s Mess
Let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we? Pretend it’s 2016. 94% of black women who have turned up for the election have cast in their ballots for Hillary Clinton. On the other hand, more than half of white women (a staggering 53%) cast their ballots in favor of Donald Trump?
Now let’s take a trip to 2017. It’s the day of the Women’s March and both black and white women have shown up in droves to protest the outwardly misogynstic president of the United States, all in the name of feminism. Feminism is an issue that black women have aligned ourselves to, despite the fact that feminism has historically only catered to the needs of straight, white, middle-class women. Rarely does feminism center on the issues and needs of black women? One may even ask where was feminism in 2016, on election day? Where was feminism when 53% of white women were casting their votes in favor of Donald Trump becoming president of the United States? And where is feminism when black women are shot in the streets, murdered by police offers?
The 2017 Women’s March is just one example of black women turning out for causes that don’t benefit us, sacrificing our health and well-being to become the face of movements that don’t even benefit us.