What Does It Mean To Be Black?

Being black is being looked at in history class as the teacher presents slavery while you’re expected to add your input as if you’ve experienced it firsthand.

Being black is being aware of the fact that the color of my skin will bring me challenges, but knowing that I have to face those challenges where I will eventually find the strength and peace in myself to overcome them.

Being black is knowing the worth in your beauty when those same features of your beauty are pointed out as flaws by societal beauty standards.

Being black is swinging those curves and watering your hair that coils like the earth and knowing when you look in the mirror at your face that on your back you carry the entire race and nothing you do will ever change the fight, the drive and the courage inside that it takes to be black.