Hi all and welcome back to my blog, I hope you are enjoying the Black History Month series I started last week. If you missed it click here to catch up.
This week I style an all black look ( majority of which I got from the men’s section), I wanted the focus of this look to be the headwrap and the gold jewellery and also threw in an Autumnal trend with the leopard print.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO SHOP IN THE MEN’S SECTION LADIES
So today I am talking on the topic of what it means to be black.
I think we can all somewhat agree that race and division by skin colour is all a social construct, they are limited human-made concepts of trying to understand the world.
For example I did not know I was “black” until I came to the UK. I mean I knew my skin colour was different but I never realised I was “socially black” till I became the other and by default belonged to a minority ethnic group.
Being “Black” looks different depending on where you are in the world. The black narrative of an Australian Aboriginal is different ( although there maybe similarities) to someone from Kenya for example.
There isn’t just one black experience, although the Black American experience seems to be the most popular.
Being black is who I am, not all that I am. This skin and it’s colour is an outer shell that is made up of different social and cultural experiences.
To echo the words of the late Martin Luther King Jr “ I look to a day when people will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
So what does being black mean to me?
It means I walk with an understanding that I am more than my skin colour.
It means my experiences are different, my language, food and culture, but doesn’t make them any less valid nor does it give others the right to treat me any lesser.
It means I am proud of my physicality. My nose is broad and my hair is nappy.
It means I live above the stereotypes that is told about people who look like me.
It means I live to uplift my community.
It means I embrace my culture and history.
It means I work hard, so that those coming up after me should never have to be scared or ashamed of being black.
Because it may just be melanin, it may just be pigment, but it carries a lot of history which will no longer be ignored.
Thanks for joining me once again guys, I want to hear your thoughts in the comments below, For my black audiences, what does black mean to you?
And for my white audiences is “whiteness” a thing to you?
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