What Happens When a Black Woman Cries

Black women are warriors. Collectively we are strategic, powerful, and without defeat. To some, black women have always been human soldiers who don't seem to feel pain. The strong black woman is like a mythic superhero people search out when they find themselves in trouble. There is something that black women can't do. Black women express pain, hopelessness, grief, and discontent quite often. The problem is, in a society heavily layered with racism, sexism, and misogyny from the top down; even the mighty black woman can't make people listen to her pain. Listen to stories about her struggle. Listen to her cry. Is it any wonder then that throughout the planet earth, black girls and women are the most emotionally, physically, and sexually violated? There are little to no safe spaces for black girls and black women to so much as mention violent crimes against them. Until we confront and reckon with these truths, emotional, physical, and sexual violence will remain at epidemic levels in every crack and crevice of society.

When a Black Woman Cries

Black Woman Anywhere
Black Woman Anywhere say

What XYZ black man did was offensive to black women.

Random Black Man
Random Black Man say

But, yall watch Love & Hip Hop and Tyler Perry. Black women hate themselves.

Random White Man
Random White Man say

Offended? What about black on black crime? Black people kill themselves.

Black Woman Anywhere
Black Woman Anywhere say

Leaving black women out entirely is absurd. We have always been front and center in this struggle.

Random Black Man
Random Black Man say

Shut up hoe, bedwench, bitch. Yall so sensitive. Always complaining

Random White Man
Random White Man say

Slut,bitch, whore. Black people are always complaining about something. No one is even talking about race until black people bring it up.

Black Woman Anywhere
Black Woman Anywhere say

R. Kelly, Bill Cosby, are cancelled.

Random Black Man
Random Black Man say

Just trying to take down another black man. And why yall don't say anything about Woody Allen? Roman Polanski? or Casey Affleck?

Random White Man
Random White Man say

False allegations can ruin a man's life.

Black Woman Anywhere
Black Woman Anywhere say

What XYZ black man said about black women in his interview offends me as a black woman.

Random unimpacted Black Woman
Random unimpacted Black Woman say

But your man calls you a black bitch on a regular basis and you don't say nothing then.

Random White Woman
Random White Woman say

But....black people are violent. They are thugs. Lazy. What do black women expect?

Black Woman Anywhere
Black Woman Anywhere say

The message that XYZ company is sending to black women is dangerous and just plain offensive.

Random Black Man
Random Black Man say

Black women don't understand business. Black women don't understand life. LOL,

Random White Woman
Random White Woman say

Sure, I'm white so I will gladly participate in a televised roundtable discussion about issues impacting black people to help them understand things better.

Black Woman Anywhere
Black Woman Anywhere say

I'm crying.
I was raped.
I am depressed.
I disappeared.
I was murdered.

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Random Black Man
Random Black Man say

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Random White Woman
Random White Woman say

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Random unimpacted Black Woman
Random unimpacted Black Woman say

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Random White Woman
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