Black people, we have to admit that sexism exists. I do not know of any group of people that willfully ignore oppressive systems that affect their pursuance of liberation like black people ignore sexism. By ignoring sexism we ignore the plight of the black woman and therefore perpetuate the oppressive state black women have been subjected to for centuries.

As a black woman I have noticed that the arbitrary rules of being a queen in the black community is based on the idea of serving black men, and displaying strength in the face of adversity without so much as breaking a sweat. It’s all just so fucking ugly. Keep your qualifiers.

If your empowerment or motivation for women ignores patriarchy, sexism, or misogyny your intent is dishonest and you should shut up. It doesn’t cost shit to be honest. If your empowerment ends as soon as you stop talking, you should’ve stayed quiet in the first place. You have to be honest, you have to be introspective, you have to be inclusive, and you have to be genuine.