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Thoughts of an OG-1/4/2017 Being a Strong Black Woman (@og_o4tr)


     Is that suppose to be a complement? Women are put into stereotypes of how they're suppose to be and not be.  The face of the black community falls on our black women, which forces them into identities that must be maintained for the sake of the culture. A Strong black woman is a title that most black woman are proud to have. But looking deep into it, women that hold that inscription are most likely affected by patriarchy, putting up with abuse, hurt, pain and tolerating things that only the black women would. What is the true meaning of being a STRONG BLACK WOMAN?? Think about it, have you ever heard of a Strong White/ Caucasian woman.. No! This poem is the voice of many black women and the identities that are forced on them.. Good Read

The Bridge Poem   

Poet: Kate Rushin

I’ve had enough 
I’m sick of seeing and touching 
Both sides of things 
Sick of being the damn bridge for everybody 
Can talk to anybody 
Without me 
I explain my mother to my father 
my father to my little sister 
My little sister to my brother 
my brother to the white feminists 
The white feminists to the Black church folks 
the Black church folks to the ex-hippies 
the ex-hippies to the Black separatists 
the Black separatists to the artists 
the artists to my friends’ parents… 
I’ve got to explain myself 
To everybody 
I do more translating 
Than the Gawdamn U.N. 
Forget it 
I’m sick of it. 
I’m sick of filling in your gaps 
Sick of being your insurance against 
the isolation of your self-imposed limitations 
Sick of being the crazy at your holiday dinners 
Sick of being the odd one at your Sunday Brunches 
Sick of being the sole Black friend to 34 individual white people 
Find another connection to the rest of the world 
Find something else to make you legitimate 
Find some other way to be political and hip 
I will not be the bridge to your womanhood 
Your manhood 
Your humanness 
I’m sick of reminding you not to 
Close off too tight for too long 
I’m sick of mediating with your worst self 
On behalf of your better selves 
I am sick 
Of having to remind you 
To breathe 
Before you suffocate 
Your own fool self 
Forget it 
Stretch or drown 
Evolve or die 
The bridge I must be 
Is the bridge to my own power 
I must translate 
My own fears 
My own weaknesses 
I must be the bridge to nowhere 
But my true self 
And then 
I will be useful


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