Identities as Risk Factors

Why are aspects of my identity risk factors against me, my well-being and the quality of my life?

Why are Black women the least protected group?

We often hear and talk about the school-to-prison pipeline and the effects on Black boys and men, but no mention of the impact on Black girls. Why?

Black girls and Black women are severely impacted by numerous racial disparities.

Not only do they share these experiences with Black men and boys, they have additional struggles that only a black woman knows, much less understands. Again- Why is this?

Why am I only seen or celebrated if I conform to white middle-class femininity?

Why are black Women often seen as less than?

Understanding black female experiences aid in increased consciousness where our femininity is seen as inferior. This is what underlies the exploitation & criminalization of Black girls.

Black women are subject to public scrutiny constantly that affects our ability to thrive & shape our identity, get opportunities, survive!

Why are black girls from low-income families the prey for sexual predators & abusers?

Many Black women like myself have viewed defiance as a necessity sometimes:

Maybe to some Black women being....

- “Ghetto” represents resilience to racial & gender oppression.

- “Loud” is a demand to be heard.

- Having an “Attitude” is to reject a doctrine of invisibility & mistreatment.

- Being “Fabulous” to revise the idea that SES isolation is equated with not having access to materially desirable things.

To be a ghetto black girl means to reinvent what it means to be black, poor, and female.

What are your thoughts?

Our survival skills are degraded and punished rather than recognized as tools of resilience.

These circumstances are a result of judgmental perceptions about how we respond to injustice.

What can we do? How do we change the narrative? How do we protect our Black girls?

What role will you play in the decriminalization of Black girls in schools?

What role will you play in the protection of Black women?

What am I doing?
  • Challenging the narrative and embracing my true self without conformity to white femininity.

  • Conducting research to promote social justice.

  • Developing projects that bring awareness and teach the skills necessary.

  • Allyship and mentorship of Black youngsters

  • Using my platforms to inform, inspire and educate.

I hope this post inspires you to challenge the narrative, dismantle these systems of -isms.

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