The world is not a safe place for vulnerable Black girls.
A few weeks ago, my therapist told me that vulnerability is something we should work on. She said I don’t trust people.
Well, duh. I know firsthand that the world is not a safe place for vulnerable Black girls.
After our session, I tried to think of when I first learned that lesson.
Was it sixth grade, when I wrote a note to my secret crush (a white boy) and he laughed while reading it aloud to the entire class?
Was it my 13th birthday, when I planned a big party, invited everyone I knew from school, and only two people showed up?
Was it the summer after my sophomore year in college, when the man I loved dumped me but still strung me along so he could have someone to clean his apartment and cook for him?
Was it when I was publicly shamed by a dentist for crying out in pain during a root canal?
Was it the multiple instances of racism, sexism, or the brutal combination of both known as misogynoir that I’ve experienced in my life?
I truly wish that I could open up and be myself with everyone. But lessons learned the hard way are ones not quickly forgotten.
This world is not a safe place for vulnerable Black girls.