My Letter to a Black Girl…
I wish you could see how amazing you are. I know it feels like the world is against you. Day in and day out you face constant judgment and ridicule from all sides, even others that look just like you.
I pity them because they don’t understand you, and people fear what they do not understand. Your beauty makes them uncomfortable. So they bash you for the very things that make you special. Your dark skin. Your full lips. Your kinky hair. Your wide nose. Your sassiness. Your fearlessness. Your resilience. Rather than praise those things, the world would rather shed a negative light on them.
What did you do to deserve this? Nothing! Trust me, I understand your frustration. The taunting and the labels can be overwhelming. Especially when it feels like it comes from all sides. Every day you are determined to prove them wrong. It feels like you are stuck fighting a losing battle and no one has your back. But I got you.
If you have an opinion about something you are labeled “The Angry Black Girl.” If you are driven, you are “too ambitious.” If you have a little sass you are labeled as “ghetto.” If you don’t fit society’s mold of what is “beautiful” you are ugly. But let me tell you, your voice is what makes you unique, don’t ever be afraid to speak up. Your drive is what makes you unstoppable. Your sass gives you flavor. And screw society’s flawed standards of beauty. You are a queen and never forget it.
I am here to tell you, I see you. I see your power, I see your greatness. I know it feels like no one fights for us. But I will. Never forget, you have the luxury of being a part of an exclusive network of women that have faced and overcame your same struggles. We are like a beautiful rainbow ranging in different shapes, sizes, colors, and personalities. We are different yet we are one in the same. They don’t call it #BlackGirlMagic for nothing. We have your back.
I beg you; please don’t let them steal your light. Because trust me they will try. Instead, recognize your power. You are not ugly, you are not angry, you are not ratchet. My darling, you are so much more.
Own your #BlackGirlMagic. God knew what he or she was doing when they made us. Be bold. Be confident. Be kind. Be strong.
Love yourself, reach for the stars and spread love along the way. And from one black girl to another,
I love you.
You are special.
You are beautiful.
You are magic.
– Monique Elise