Psst Yes I’m Black | Living Love
I was asked about my opinion surrounding the Procter & Gamble Ad called the conversation when it was released last summer. I never posted the content but did take the time to write it out how I was feeling. In an effort to share my experience as a human being in this world along with the many things that make me who I am, I thought today would be the perfect day to share my experience living as a black woman in the United States of America. With today being the day for observing Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday I thought I would share what I wrote originally back in July 2017.
As a black woman I have been a part of these talks growing up in some way and sadly have had to have the talk to an adorable young girl in tears not feeling good enough or worthy of existing in this world just last week! I find it really hard to process from a place of love and compassion how this is a racist ad because it shows the realities of the various talks that I have been talked to about as many other black, brown, and others have day in and day out, still this day in age. I challenge you to not be so quick to judge other peoples truths! Just because it highlights the reality that SO many people experience that you can not relate to does not mean that it is not a part of other peoples experiences and realities. Or, that it is not something that should be talked about because it shows how cruel other human beings are and can be towards others they feel, have been socialized and told to treat like that. Is it racist because maybe seemingly it generalizes a group of people that are causing the need for these talks? Attempting to see both sides here, don’t take it as an attack on your personally, but demonstrating how those that ARE! If this does not represent who you are and how you are, then I challenge you to see it from the perspective of the other person who is being targeted, be compassionate beyond your understanding. Try to understand how it could possibly feel to be made to feel less than based solely on the color of your skin and not the content of your character. I applaud Procter & Gamble for being bold with the knowledge that there would be backlash and still they did because they are trying to be a part of the change towards these talks becoming a part of our history on how things USE to be. If we never talk about the REAL way things are we can NEVER move towards overcoming the mental and physical trauma caused in order to create a healing ointment, a vaccine of sorts. Not talking about it and saying that was the past and things are different is just highlighting the fact that we spend way too much time and money putting band-aids on wounds that are gushing with blood and will continue to do so until we talk about it!