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Recently I read a piece entitled, “Why I’m Absolutely an Angry Black Woman,” and it touched my heart in a way that I could not describe. The plight of the Black woman, and Black and Hispanic people primarily have always affected me, and pissed me off. Seeing a White person call a Black woman a “bitch” or Black “bitch” either to their face, or in response to a public figure as opposed to another has disgusted me, and ended what I thought were friendships.
Reading this piece also offered me a clearer visualization of concepts that I know exist. It also reminds me of the values that is placed on color both within the Black community, and Hispanic community (which I come from). It also lead me to question my reactions or the way that I deal with this world.
I grew up viewing the United States, erroneously referred to as America by an New York and International parent in the South of the 1980’s which was a virtual community of Black and White. For much of my young life I was “Spanish” but at the end of the day “Black.” “Black” was perfectly fine, because I was raised to be proud of such, but whenever we visited New York throughout the year, and the two years that we lived in New Jersey, “Black” was a totally different experience than the repressed values of the South. Continue reading