Witty Wednesday-I’m Over It

Once again it’s open season on Black women.  On May 15 “Psychology Today”, Satoshi Kanawaza posted an article titled “Why Black Women are Rated Less Attractive While Black Men are Highly Rated”.  Because of the backlash the site received, they have since taken the post down, but it is still viewable here.  I didn’t read the entire article (yes, I know-shame on me), but I read enough and saw enough comments to know that this man is off his rocker.  And it didn’t take others comments-I figured that out by just reading the title.   But the more poignant question is-why was this done in the first place?

I told this to my former classmate on my Facebook page when she posted the article and asked for my thoughts-“…I think it’s a lie.  All men have wanted Black women since the days of slavery.”  Why is it so easy to beat up on/belittle/attempt to demean Black women?  Are we easy targets because statistically speaking, we are significantly single than our other counterparts?  I truly don’t understand.  Maybe all of the Black women in America should move to Italy or Greece where we will be appreciated. 

Clearly I’m being (slightly) facetious, but instead of adding fuel to the fire, I think we did what was needed.  We  came together and got the filth and lies off of the website.  We (Black men and women-and everyone else, too) know that we are all beautiful and attractive and have a lot to offer.  As adults, we must teach our children that the lies that were stated by Kanawaza are not true-so just in case when they become adults, some idiot tries to spread a similar lie, they’ll be able to stop him or her in their tracks. 

I ‘m ending today’s post with my favorite poem.  Not sure where I first saw it (I think it was when I was part of a program the Deltas in my city had when I was in middle school), but I first recited it during the Black History Month program at my high school in 9th grade.  It speaks to the beauty and resilience of Black women.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

What If I Am A Black Woman?

Is it a disease? Well, if it is, I sure hope its catching

 Because they need to pour it into a bottle,

label it, and sprinkle it All over the people

men and women who Ever loved or cried,

worked or died For any one of us.

 

So…What if I am a Black woman?

Is it a crime? Arrest me!

Because I’m strong, but I’m gentle,

I’m smart, but I’m learning,

I’m loving, but I’m hateful.

And I like to work because

I like to eat and feed and

clothe and house Me, mine

and yours and everybody’s,

Like I’ve been doing for the

past 300 years.

 

What if I am a Black woman?

Is it insane? Commit me!!

Because I want Happiness, not tears;

Truths not lies; Pleasure not pain;

Sunshine not rain; A man not a child!

 

What if I am a Black woman? Is it a sin?

Pray for me! And pray for you too,

If you don’t like women of color

because we are… Midnight Black,

Chestnut Brown, Honey Bronzed,

Chocolate Covered, Cocoa Dipped,

Big Lipped, Big Breasted, and BEAUTIFUL

all at the same time!

 

So what if I am a Black Woman?

Does it bother you that much because

I want a man who wants me…

Loves me and trusts me, and respects me

And gives me everything because

I give him everything back, PLUS!!

 

What if I am a Black woman? I’ve got rights,

same as you! I have worked for them,

died for them, played and laid for them,

On every plantation from Alabama to Boston and Back!

 

What if I am a Black woman?

I love me, and I want you to love me too,

But I am as I’ve always been,

Near you, close to you, beside you,

strong giving, loving,

 

For over 300 years, Your Black woman…Love me!

 

~ Author Unknown ~

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This Week in the News-The Ridiculousness…

Happy Friday!  Yes, it’s late in the day, but there are some things that need to be discussed, so I’m going to talk about them.  As you guessed, topics in this week’s post will highlight the ridiculous things that people do.

First, let’s talk about Charlie Sheen.  In the span of less than a week, this man has turned himself into some type of iconic figure.  People are using his quotes on Facebook and Twitter, people are calling him a genius, and despite the fact he was living with two porn stars, women are developing crushes on this bad boy.  (I heard one say it with my own ears.)  Let’s call a spade a spade folks.  Charlie is an Attention Whore.  Nothing’s wrong with that, but let’s be honest with ourselves.  Nobody was stuntin’ (yes, I used Ebonics) ol’ Charlie until his show he was sent to rehab, and he publicly put down his boss.  Instead of giving credence and attention this overpaid actor, let’s start focusing on things that matter…

…like this.  What in the H*LL would make this man (or anyone for that matter) rape a 2 year old????  This guy, Michael Grzybowicz, is accused of possessing child pornography after pictures of his co-worker’s two year old daughter being violated were found on his phone.  Apparently, this man took pictures of himself raping this baby.  I don’t know what is wrong with people, but I will be praying for this little girl and hoping this man gets put under the jail…

So, who heard about John Galliano making racist and anti-Semitic remarks in a Paris cafe’??? *raises hand*  The former head designer for Christian Dior was FIRED for his comments.  Apparently, it’s illegal in France to make anti-Semitic remarks.  I know we all are entitled to free speech, but I sometimes wish racist remarks were made illegal in the US.  But that’s another story for another day.  While Nicole Kidman looked gorgeous in her Christian Dior gown on Oscar night, she was the only celeb to sport the designer that evening. 

Have you ever had to been assigned to a “slave” group in school?  Have you ever had your classmates who were in the other group, “master”, come and feel your legs, arms, or any other body part to feel how “strong” you are?  No.  Well, neither have I.  Unfortunately Nikko Burton has to say “yes”.  This 10 year old was forced to play a slave in his social studies class.  This “lesson”, if you can really call it that, is inappropriate on SO many levels.  Apparently, his teacher created the lesson so students could empathize with slaves.  Uh, wrong way to go about it, lady!!!  And who is the principal or department head that approved this lesson?!?!?  All of them should be fired and forced to take some type of sensitivity class. 

*Just a note, if you want people to empathize and get a better understanding of what is was like to be a slave, show them the slave quarters at a plantation, show them some auction blocks, or show them a sign announcing a slave auction. #thatisall*

I think I’m done.  Is there any other ridiculous news that went on this week that I missed?  If so, please share.  Enjoy your weekend.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!