“We are living with small tiny cuts, and we are bleeding every single day. And we’re still getting up” – Michelle Obama
As our world progresses and time goes on, we are beginning to see the representation of people of color in all areas, media, politics, fashion, STEM, economics, agriculture, sports and the list goes on. Representation is a good measure of advancement, but there is so much more that needs to be listened to and not just heard. In 2017, having to worry or feel tension because of what you look like should NOT be an issue, yet it is.
Recently, My Black is Beautiful presented a compelling two minute video on the conversation between African American parents and their children entitled, “The Talk”. Within the two minute span of this commercial, common worries within our community are displayed: a mother telling her child she is not just “pretty for a black girl”, a mother telling her son the n-word is an ugly word but not to let it hurt him, a mother telling her daughter she will have to work twice as hard to get what she wants, a mother teaching her daughter how to drive and giving her descriptive instructions “in case they stop you”, a mother making sure her son has his license in case he gets stopped walking home.
The Talk is everything we hope one day we no longer have to say to our child, it represents what our forefathers fought and marched so hard for, but yet it is still a scary place in the world. While you are in a position of power or just an ordinary American African.
In a recent interview, Former First Lady Michelle Obama said, “The shards that cut me the deepest were the ones that intended to cut, knowing that after eight years of working really hard for this country, there are still people who won’t see me for what I am because of my skin color.”
Watch the short film, “The Talk” and let us know how these conversations pertain to your everyday life.
Feature Photo: My Black is Beautiful YouTube