The Role Black Woman Are Playing In The #MeToo Movement
Do you remember that scene in “The Wood” where they bet him a $1 to touch the popular girl’s booty just to show he wasn’t a coward? You remember in school when the boys used to go around touching girls’ behinds? Do you question your body when you look in the mirror because they said you had no ass or you were fat? What about when they ask why do you wear weaves and/or your natural hair? Being a black woman is a triple threat because for one Black is powerful, and as a woman we create life, then everyone wants to be like us. Its hard being a Black woman today, but like our queens before us you will never know the struggle.
Women are constantly being judged by men of all races, but its worse when its our own Black brothers tearing us down. As black little girls get older they start to question their black beauty. Yeah, what the guys joked about was funny, but those jokes can turn into hatred of your own body. Black girls start to detest their pretty beautiful melanin, the small or big curves God gave them, that kinky/curly hair that makes you who you are.
It is so refreshing to see the amazing Black women role models coming forward that allow little girls to see someone like thA great example is Former First Lady Michelle Obama (I still call her First Lady), who is the most educated and honorable First Lady to be in the White House. The First Lady showed us Black women that we are the change, we are the go-getters and when “they go low, we go HIGH.” Or when Gabby Douglas at the Olympics won the gold medal. All the young girls probably forced their parents to sign them up for gymnastics. I wish I had someone like Gabby when I was young because I probably would have stayed in my gymnastics class.
Then we have the amazing actress, Gabby Sidibe, and the beautiful songstress, Lizzo, showing off their curves and not caring what anyone has to say about it. And I just love that! I believe every girl at some point doesn’t like a part of their body. For me it was my curves because I was an athlete and thick by nature. I honestly did not know if I was small, thick, or fat because I would hear so many different comments about my body from women and men that I was just confused. Can you imagine the young girls in this society with Instagram and Snapchat having the whole world being able to comment on their bodies? I just had Myspace and Tagged back then so to see the increasing number of young people killing themselves based on been judging or bullied is baffling. Back in 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that “suicide was the third leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 14,” after unintentional injuries and malignant neoplasms(cancers).
With the #MeToo movement, which was created and started by a black woman, Tarana Burke, they say is it the time for women. Well I feel like its even really time for the Black woman to show that we deserve respect and love us for who we are rather than what or who you want us to be. This is the time that Black woman rally together more than ever instead of scrolling down somebody’s Instagram page dry hating. Let’s take this movement and make it into an everyday habit to ensure no one feels like their voice is not being heard. From great Alice Walker, “don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.”
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Amber Peters is a current MBA candidate and full-time Accountant. She is a proud Alumna of Texas Southern University. “Faith without work means nothing”