My skin is black upon me; my bones are burned with heat…
When you are a black and female and over twenty nine you sort of know where you stand in American society. You understand you’re that your grace and beauty and femininity are well hidden behind the guise of youth and fashion and the lightness lie.
You hate to always bring things back to tedious race relations as if you only see yourself from the counterpoint of others. You must learn, and you will, to view yourself from your own perspective.
You learn not only the paradoxical nature of your social position, but the contradictory nature of life itself. Humanity is darkness and light, in and out, up and down. Life is made up of the two’s and we must all find a way to honor our darkness while embracing our light.
I am dark and succulent and soft and feminine. Many slave girls have endured the evil eyes, the downward looks, and the fake indifference. I have succeeded them and have been thought of as exotic and foreign, forbidden, untapped. Too many like me have suffered sneaky hands in the dark touching, feeling the thrill of our foreignness, groping our flesh feeling its free, its open, its secret, its available for use. The “otherness” of the black female makes it erotic, and weird, and odd. The black female is a museum and they all touch the treasures inside because no one has put up a “DO NOT TOUCH” sign.
The black female screams, and fights, and yelps, and rolls her neck for her own protection because there are no signs, no warnings, no armies standing in to fight her battles.
We live in “post-racial” America where black women are more fiercely ignored; still in the shadows, some on platforms dancing around poles still being secretly groped, they think willingly yet they remain enslaved by their perceived circumstance.
We soon find our humanity. We caress thick hardback books and learn about astronomy and psychology and politics. We learn that none of that race/stereotype/categorical stuff matters when we are in the troves of solving a linear equation.
What does my gender and skin matter when I am constructing archetechtial blueprint? My work means both everything and nothing.
Oppressors accuse of “playing the race card” as if it is a game. It is not a game. We must not shame the decedents for exploring the past hurt that has trickled into new generations. Let them grieve.
We must face the fear to truly vanquish it.
We must also remember that we can promote love by showing love. We must demand humanity by showing it.