Young Voices: Black Excellence
What do you first think of when the term black people come to mind? Oppression? Racism? Slavery? It comes to a point where that’s all black people are – I mean if you think about it enough surely, it’s true, right?
We are more than negative connotations, racist societies and micro aggressions. We are more than oppressed, beaten down to the pits of hell, more than ‘chocolate skin and nappy hair’ more than ‘aggressive and suspicious beings’ we are black people. And we thrive, we succeed, and we excel.
Rich cultures, mesmerising food, distinguished features, powerful hair.
Behind the term black, we are millions of identities, purposes and feelings. We rise above your discriminatory views of us, and that scares you, but it’s a new way of living, our way of living.
Savages, barbaric and dirty, transformed into successful, beautiful, and diligent.
Sure, we may get knocked down by the tornado of suppression, but we rise, and we do it as a community, as a family, and as a race
Black owned businesses, black owned hair products, black owned clothing brands, black owned companies.
Our majestic and sacred hair, plaited, wrapped, cared for, our traditions, values and morals, passed down through generations that you tried to oppress – but couldn’t, and that screams…
We will advocate for our lives, and those whose rights are taken away, we will preserve our cultures, embrace, adore and appreciate them. We deserve black joy, black peace and black justice. Nothing more, nothing less.
And what we have, and will continue to have for centuries to come is Black excellence.