Being black in this day an age is challenging. Even after Martin Luther King’s speech that was made over 50 years ago, we still face racism, unlawful shooting and discrimination. We are unfairly stereotyped and face harsh criticisms. I want to let society know that:
WE ARE PROUD OF HOW FAR WE’VE COME
Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman paved the way for black people all around the world and made history. They lived in a period where society didn’t value black people. Each of them had courage, assertiveness and determination. If it wasn’t for these key figures, we wouldn’t be where we are today. We are still making history- Barack Obama became the first black president in 2009.
WE ARE MORE THAN ENTERTAINERS AND ATHLETES
It’s stereotypical to find black people pursuing sports or a career in entertainment, however, we are also inventors, doctors, entrepreneurs, lawyers and so much more. Check out Black Business and Our Black Business Instagram pages for inspiration. You will be amazed by what isn’t covered in the news.
WE ARE VERSATILE
Black isn’t just one shade. We start from caramel to dark chocolate. This is what makes us unique and beautiful. When it comes to hairstyles, we can have a wig on one day and the next box braids down to our waist.
WE ARE FUN TO BE AROUND
We’ve got the moves, from the running man to doing Nae Nae. When it comes to food, we can season the life out of that chicken and make you laugh.
WE ARE NOT A DISADVANTAGE
Being black is not a disadvantage. No race is perfect and we are not a burden to society. All we want is to be treated with respect and equality. We don’t want to be known for drugs, violence, being aggressive and causing havoc. We don’t pull the race card for the fun of it. We do it when we are being taken advantage of, offensive actions and racial abuse. We aren’t crazy but lovely, unique people that love to do our thing.
I would love to hear your thoughts about your thoughts on being black or any other minority in 2018. What challenges do you face as a person of colour?