Friday, December 8, 2023

Being a Black Woman Today.

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( Times have really changed and things have drastically evolved but the struggle of being an African American woman is still a never ending journey. It is so hard being a black woman we constantly get half compliments such as “you’re cute for a black girl”. How does your skin color in any way relate to your beauty? We constantly have other races of people who try to replicate our style, culture and our features. Take Kylie Jenner for example, a few years ago she had very thin lips and then out of nowhere her lips were as full as mine. How can they degrade and belittle African American women for having full lips when they are paying top dollar to get these chemicals put into their bodies in order to look like us?

Also as a black woman it is very sickening for me to stomach seeing our black males going after other races instead of continuing the legacy and reproducing with their fellow African American queens. We as black women are always referred to in a negative aspect because we strong willed we are called “bitter“, because we wear makeup we are called “fake“. African American women aren’t given enough credit fromBlackWomanThinking-2016 our hair, melanin, and distinct features we are underestimated. African American women also struggle in the workforce because people have the notion that all black people are lazy and do not want to work which is not always the case. Black women are not taken seriously and for many years women were paid less than men even though they performed the same job.

The average black woman earns about $566 a week compared to the average black man who makes about $629 weekly. Strange right? Black women are often referred to as “the backbone of the family”. Statistics even show that Black women are more likely than any other race to run a household and raise children on their own. None of the positive achievements accomplished by Black women gain as much media attention as the ones such as music videos of black women being degraded and gyrating all over the set.

The number of Black businesses owned by women have increased by 147% from 1997 up until 2006. As a Black woman myself, I feel that we should indeed empower each other in order to make Black women as a whole stronger. Look at Oprah Winfrey for example, she came from nothing and is now one of the wealthiest black women in the world.

Winfrey also takes every opportunity that she gets to give back to those who are less fortunate and she also donates money to a fund for African American single mothers. I’ll bet no one speaks on this though? Black women are very strong and will overcome any and every obstacle that comes our way by any means necessary. There is always room for improvement though, I feel as though a genuine sisterhood would help to promote more positive energy in us all, which would overall make us better individuals. Black is beautiful. Black is pure. Black is powerful and last but certainly not least black was wonderfully created by the man above.

Staff Writer; Myra Moore

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