So often, Black women are commended for our ‘strength’ and power, while we are mined for innovation and creativity. The world showers stars like Megan with adoration while she entertains them, but dismisses her humanity when she needs it most. In our times of need, the trope of the Strong Black Woman harms us gravely. After the Instagram Live, Megan posted a selfie dolled up in an immaculate face of makeup, adorned with jewels, with a caption that read: ‘Unbreakable’. But the truth is that she is not. None of us are.
Only in retrospect, when the myth of the Unbreakable Black Woman is proven false – when we snap or shatter or are taken in the night – do we have the world’s attention. It’s reminiscent of the way we demand ‘justice’ for murdered activist Toyin Salau, or railway worker Belly Mujinga, or victims of police brutality like Breonna Taylor and Sandra Bland after they are already gone.
Too often, society only stands up to protect Black women once it’s too late. We need to ask ourselves why we think that’s enough.
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