They have succeeded in making us hate ourselves

I know, I know it’s hard. I know, I know they say we need to, “get over it” and move on. I know, I know it can be tough to look down at your skin and wonder why God gave you this “burden.” I know, I know you were taught to hate and bring down your own brother and sister because they’re a “threat” to you and your survival. I know, I know they made you hate yourself so you’re unable to love others. I know, I know …

Take the power back

We have to change the narrative. We have to take the power back. Our greatness is seen as a threat so they made us hate each other so we wouldn’t succeed. Do you know how amazing you are? Do you know how wonderfully you are made? Do you understand how creative you are? “They love our culture, but they don’t love us.” Goodness, I get chills thinking about how great it is to get up in the morning and know someone was so threatened by my greatness that they decided to devise a plan. A plan so intricate that it could last hundreds of years. But you know what? They can’t stop the love, the community, the creativity, the village. No matter how hard they try, we still thrive. We’re still resilient. And yes, there’s still SO much more work to be done, SO much more we have to do to insure future generations thrive and not go through what our ancestors went through, and what we still go through. 
I get so happy thinking about the groups of colored people who support each other wholeheartedly. For example, a group called DMVYBP, which consists of Young Black Professionals in the DMV area, has shown me there’s still some great genuine people out there. There’s no need to compete with each other to get to where we’re going, that’s a mindset we have to throw out completely. We need to uplift each other and move forward. If we got together to make a change, more effective work would be accomplished. We keep re-inventing the wheel because everybody wants to be that person to get the credit, without realizing the bigger picture. It’s okay to play the background, as long as you know your purpose and you’re actually making a difference, who cares?
Also, SUPPORT YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS, stop this, “Can I get a deal?” nonsense. No, you can’t get a t-shirt for free. No, you can’t get a discount, stop it.
​This process of taking our power back won’t happen overnight, but we have to start somewhere. We have to move forward strategically and with love for ourselves so we can then love one another. I love you, and you were carefully made with no mistakes. No matter what you have heard, what you have been through, what they say about you, hold your head high… I know, I know they’re trying to stop you, but keep pushing. I know you got this.

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