“ I’m a black woman. In more detail, I’m a fat, gap-tooth, glasses- wearing black woman. Life was never easy for me. I was always teased for being me. I hated growing up but I never hated being the person that I am. I never hated being a black woman. When I see kids and even adults not proud of being black I’m often hurt by it. Mainly because I could never know what that type of hate towards myself would feel like. When I see other people that hate us, black people, it doesn’t bother me anymore. I’m pretty numb to it at this point. It’s just sad because I know you were raised to be this way. What’s even sadder? You’re going to raise your children the same way. You know what’s the saddest thing about this? You hate others because of your own insecurities and lack of intelligence. You choose to be ignorant because you don’t want to be better than your parents . You’re scared that the truth will make your parents or whoever raised you look like the bad person that they are. You’re scary. And I’m not afraid. I was raised to be strong and you were raised to be weak. My people had nothing but loved being themselves. Your people had everything and still needed my people to feel complete. We’re not the same. I use to want to be equals but in all reality, I just want peace….. to the POC that don’t like my people, that’s unfortunate. You’re in the same boat as us. I was never raised to hate and don’t know many if any black people that were raised in that light . We’re the most hated yet most forgiving people on this planet. I hope reading this let you know that I have no hate in my heart for anyone. I’m going to love being me regardless how you feel. Just know that I’m always going to be me and if you have a problem with it then you should probably remove me out of your life. I hope you educate yourself and not put your children in a situation where they will come off as hateful and ignorant. We as people have to do better then our parents. It’s not disrespectful to them ,it’s healing for us.” – Erika Starr, Founder of #thisiswhatdepressionlookslike
PS: Anybody that takes offense to my post I assume that there’s hate in your heart like I discussed. If you’re not the person that I discuss in this post there’s no reason why you should be upset by anything that was said. I had a lot on my mind and I needed to express it.