My beautiful cousin was the inspiration for this blog.
“Some say the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice
I say the darker the flesh then the deeper the roots”
This is such a powerful statement; however, the world we live in today does not always see black people this way, especially in respect for young black girls.
Adultification (BlackAF) verb: a social or cultural stereotype that is based on how adults perceive children “in the absence of” knowledge of children’s behavior and verbalizations. This later form of adultification, which is based in part on race, is the subject of this report.
“And since we all came from a woman
Got our name from a woman and our game from a woman
I wonder why we take from our women
Why we rape our women, do we hate our women?
I think it's time to kill for our women
Time to heal our women, be real to our women"
By the age of 10 years old I was sexualized by older men and, not once did I feel protected as a child. By the time I was 15 years old, I had been molested by family members, violated by boys at school, and punished when I took a stand for myself.
THIS VICIOUS CYCLE HAS TO STOP!!!
It is time for us to take a stand and protect our little black girls, empower them to conquer the world.
Tell them they are smart, beautiful, valued, and are special.
When you see little black girls on social media, on the television screen or in
your community, lift them up. Empower them to become the Michelle Obama, Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, Patrisse Cullors, Kimberle Crenshaw, Angela Davis, Maya Angelou, Ethel Hedgeman Lyle, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Elaine Welteroth, Yara Shahidi, Zendaya, Mary Jackson and most of all, encourage them to be themselves.
So will the real men get up
I know you're fed up ladies, but keep your head up”
-Keep Ya Head Up 2Pac