I prepped my weekly content schedule as usual, and when I came across this photo, I had a cute caption ready to go! Then I was stopped in my tracks. Although, I'm smiling and was having a great time at Happy Place, I couldn't help but look at the symbolism of the image. We have some BIG shoes to fill!
When I think about the women that came before me, my family, historical figures, and etc.; I can’t help but feel like there’s more that needs to be done. So many strong women have paved the way for us to be where we are, but the journey isn’t over.
We, as women should be able to walk the streets at night without the fear of being catcalled, attacked or worse. We should have the liberty to date or not date whoever we desire. I recently checked out an article on Buzzfeed that listed women’s personal stories of why they were afraid of rejecting men. It broke my heart. First as a woman, and secondly, as a victim. I’ve had two separate occasions that left me with feelings violation and terror. My most recent encounter being in 2015, with a past landlord. It was traumatizing. He totally took advantage of his position. I won’t go into details now because that’s isn’t the reason for my post. I want to know what else can we do? To me, the obvious stance is to keep men accountable. How do we do that? We keep reporting the Harvey Weinsteins and other disgusting men that clearly have no idea how powerful women are or who we belong to. We are God’s precious princesses, and He hasn't given us a spirit of fear. Although many of us go through these circumstances alone, there is community. There was once a time when women were not allowed to vote, in 2016 we had a woman candidate for the US presidency. POWER! When we come together, men and women alike, there is a power in that.
Unfortunately, that isn’t my only issue. I support women's equality, but I also support the setbacks regarding people of color.
I can recall countless times I was overlooked for positions or my opinion was disregarded due to my race. I personally, have struggled with being vocal in many areas of my life for fear of being labeled an “angry” or “aggressive” black woman. I’m assertive, not aggressive. Why should I have to hold back my natural leadership abilities or talents to appease the ignorance of others? I shouldn’t. No one should. I think we as millennials have done a great job of shining a light on the demonic ugliness that has plagued our country for years. We stand up for our beliefs and courageously fight for equality. As a Christ follower, I don't believe in fear. God doesn't give fear, especially of men. We are called to love as He does. God is no respecter of persons. (Acts 10:34, Romans 2:11) He loves, values and cherishes each and every one of us. It is time we aligned our perspective with His. How can we fill those shoes? By speaking up, believing the best, forgiving others and accepting truth. I want my daughters as women of color to lead a fearless life. I want them to look at my generation as the heroes that not only surfaced information, but also took the time and energy to make change.