I'm a Black Woman... That's My Experience

2015-11-19 13:57

I'm a black woman... That's my experience

The notion that black people have had a lifetime of challenges based on both race and gender is not a new one.

As young black women, amongst some of the challenges we face is instant gratification. There is this pressure we place upon ourself to look pleasurable, successful right now without realizing the amount of hard work that goes into things, we admire lifestyles and don't allow ourselves to grow gradually. Our generation of youth has been clouded with judgement that the only things brought to the table is expectation and entitlement, and this as a direct result of the culture of black people. Who is to say that the judgments are of no substance except us as the young generation, us as young dislodged black women with the future in our hands.

The growth of empowered black women is changing the face of this country as we speak.

With everything we experience as women, it's important to acknowledge that there are atrocities in our past, I say our because I do not separate ourselves from previous generations of black women who were affected by centuries of slavery, oppression, systematic discrimination and segregation which have in doubtable have affected many that came after. These circumstances have prevented us from competing on a level playing field. As a result, as young black women we have had to learn to shed ourselves of the sense of inferiority, assert ourselves and be self reliant.

There are many facets to experiences faced by us, there has been a number of misconceptions that because a black woman is successful she can't possibly have been faced with difficulty such as micro-aggressions, poverty or racism and that's what impedes the black woman from her success.

Sometimes we get the chance to bask in how glorious it is to be a black woman, but often we experience judgment the minute we walk into an interview. Sometimes we are celebrated for our strength, but often have to deal with how abandonment is the direct cause of our masculinity.


The advocacy of women's rights work to put us on a fair grounds with our male counterparts, which is great and even though I don't entirely reject the concept of feminism I have questions about how it includes the African women with cultures and traditions that make us who we truly are. It can be said that, although the feminist movement is making a considerable effort in advocating for women, it doesn't necessarily deal with issues pertaining to black women. It can be criticized for being "too western" of an ideal because it truly in a general sphere doesn't look at issues unique to black women.

Female liberation across all races in general is a great global goal but in conceptualizing the modern feminist there seems to be a widening crack from African women to other races. I've seen how black feminists seek emancipation from norms and expectations of society of what is appropriate as a woman. We live in a society where the black female body is appropriated, and now black feminists are expressively trying to be seen as an everyday type of beauty rather than exotic.

There has to be an important movement in pushing the agenda of the full-on return of African/black women to African standards of black female thought and beauty.

With that said, black women have still been able to do what others were not able to do, and that's survive. I hope to one day live in an Africa where women in general are celebrated and sexism is not tolerated.

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