A school teacher….Maybe? I do love learning.
A nurse….Nope! Needles make me queasy.
An attorney….Can I really be one?
Left alone…. You smiled! I saw you. Sorry though. Excuse me little “Black” girl, but I can’t afford to do that. You can’t afford for me to do that! One day you will better understand.
“You can become whatever you want,” they say.
“Dream big and believe bigger,” they cheer.
“Work hard,” they instruct.
Where are people talking about unfair situations that occur because of your gender and race? How do you make sense of discriminatory practices that are systemic when so many continue to buy into the social construct designed to define you as property, on both counts? How do you maintain your innocence about people and possibility when news outlets make a lucrative business by branding the worse of mankind—of all shades and both genders? Then, of course, there is that day when you realize that the Pledge you excitedly learned to recite in pre-school seems to have loss its meaning to so many who:
- question the idea of we being one Nation,
- disagree about being under a —and/or the same— God, and
- …well, the idea of liberty and justice for all continues to be a hard pill for the masses to swallow.
Although your parents try to shelter you, unfortunately that day is still being introduced to you. So, what is a girl to do?
Recently, an elderly Black woman heard me talking about some concerns. I did not know her prior to my presentation, but afterwards she said something so heartfelt.
“Sorry,” she gently whispered, “we dropped the ball.”
WOW! I was speechless.
“You, however,” she continued, “must keep doing what you are doing and we will help.” She then shared with me some networking information.
So to you, when you ask what is a girl to do?
I respond by relying upon our elder’s instruction, YOU MUST keep doing what you are doing and we will help.