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Content warning : police violence, Black death. Black women are human — amazing, creative, self-sacrificing humans — but human nonetheless. The last 12 months of nonstop political and cultural turmoil — a pandemic, constant images of police brutality, contested elections, insurrection — have only further proven how invaluable Black women are to society. These recent affairs have produced countless examples of Black women turned into superhero caricatures by the white gaze; white people are obsessed with us, obsessed with what we can do for them. Stacey Abrams with a coalition of other Black women helped expand voter accessibility in Georgia.
Black women, as a collective, helped the Democratic Party crawl to victory in the presidential election. Beyond establishment politics, Black women are also at the front lines of revolutionary work, slaying systems that disproportionately execute Black people.
We save democracies. We save our people. All while juggling personal responsibilities and bearing the cross of what it means to be a Black woman in the world. And yet, despite the deep and abundant ways that Black women serve everyone, no one shows up for us. No one thanks us for the labor we do — at least not in any meaningful way. No one cares about our constant exhaustion given the trauma and pain we carry and what it does to us physically, emotionally, and mentally.
When it comes to opportunities to show up for us and with us, people rarely find the time. Currently, rallies for SayHerName have notably fewer attendants. In fact, the hashtag we created to highlight our unique plight has been co-opted and misusedsilencing our message. Instead of celebrating the work Black women do and the investments we constantly make in others, the world harms us.
The world hates us. The world finds new and innovative ways to humiliate, degrade, and commit violence upon us.
Despite our cultural and political climate demanding that people finally respect the fullness and beauty of Black life, people still find it in their chest to disrespect and dehumanize Black women. The killings of Breonna TaylorNina Popand countless other Black women show how disposable we are. Let this sentencing and others without a flake of justice show how Black women are regarded in this life.
The violence looks like being categorically harassed on Twitter by all different races of men. The violence looks like Talib Kweli dedicating hours upon hours of tweeting to harass Maya Moody, a Black woman whom he had a disagreement with. The violence looks like Black women being disproportionately affected by and dying from domestic violence. The violence looks like the epidemic of Black trans women being murdered.
The violence looks like Megan Thee Isn t there any black females being shot by Tory Lanez and having her fellow music industry colleagues stay silent about her abuse. Black women are disproportionately affected by mental health conditions like anxiety, having more intense and chronic symptoms compared with our white counterparts. Our physical pain is routinely downplayed and undertreated by white doctors. Black women also have a higher risk of developing — and dying from — illnesses such as heart disease and cancer.
The way that the United States continually burdens Black women with its demands for our intelligence, our sympathy, our action, and our myriad other talents, all the while ignoring our well-being and humanity, is a problem. As Black women, we have a responsibility to ourselves to practice self-care and preservation. Of course, the practical ability to do this is difficult considering every crisis that plagues anyone will befall us 10 times worse.
And the wave of people who shower us with empty thanks on social media while doing nothing material to protect our welfare also have a responsibility. Simply put: You all need to legitimately and unquestionably ride for us. You need to give your money to Black women who are on the front lines. You need to give your money to Black women who move through the world, simply trying to survive.
You need to use your platform to decry the injustices Black women suffer, who die at the hands of misogynoir. You need to listen to Black women, when we tell you we are hurting, when we tell you that you are hurting us. You need to examine and unlearn your assumptions about what Black women do and do not owe you spoiler alert: we owe you nothing. Black women deserve to experience the fullness of life without being run ragged by the demands of others. We should be able to live with some dignity without fearing violence or a premature death because of what the world does to us.
Everyone — absolutely everyone — has a part to play in ensuring that Black women are protected and showing us that we matter. Gloria Oladipo is a Black woman and freelance writer, musing about all things race, mental health, gender, art, and other topics. You can of her funny thoughts and serious opinions on Twitter. The relationship people have with their bodies is more complex than their Instagram caption or photo.
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We turn grief into action. And we get nothing in return. We face constant violence. We weather the storm at the cost of our health. Where do we go from here? The bottom line. Read this next. Medically reviewed by Timothy J. Legg, Ph.Isn t there any black females
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