From US, to her: Words for the Little Black Girl

To the little Black girl who goes to Google Images and types in the word “beauty”, only to see 95% of the picture results not resembling her… I apologize. I love you. You are beautiful.

To the little Black girl who turns on the television to see how she should live her life, only to see cursing, fighting, drink-throwing, selfishness, and degradation… I apologize. I love you. You are respectable.

To the little Black girl who opens her school history book, only to see her ancestors as “slaves”… I apologize. I love you. You are royalty.

To the little Black girl who walks outside and is judged from every angle… Male, Female, Rich, Poor, White, Latino, Asian, Lighter-Skinned Black, Darker-skinned Black… I apologize. I love you. You are righteous.

Next time you look for beauty, little Black girl, I will hand you a mirror…

Next time you look for how to live your life, little Black girl, I will show you to Michelle Obama and Coretta Scott King…

Next time you look for your history, little Black girl, I will point you to Egypt, Africa, Alkebulan…

Next time you look for judgment, little Black girl, I will point you to God, Allah, Buddha, or, again, hand you a mirror…

And no matter how much this world tries to corrupt your mind, deflate your spirit, and steal your heart, I will continue to do these things for you, little Black girl…

…Because you, little Black girl, are a Queen.

Blackgirls

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