Even though I’ve never met you, I feel a kinship between us. Why? Because whether you’re from the Dominican Republic, Ghana or Louisiana, we are sisters. Sister-friends, soul sisters…whatever you want to call it, there’s an inexplicable bond between us—born out of our shared experiences in a world that mistreats us. More likely than not, you have a good idea of some of the struggles I face, just as I have a good idea of some of the struggles you face, because we have to fight and overcome the same things, as black women.
Therefore, we’ve got to have each other’s backs at all costs, not solely for the good of our community, but for the good of ourselves as individuals.
The purpose of this letter is to send some love into the universe and to make the bridge that carries us black women, just a little bit stronger. I want to encourage us to collectively put our best foot forward in 2019, in every way. We don’t need to thrust our fists into the air and demand to be treated fairly in order to start a revolution, we simply need to start loving ourselves the way we want to be loved. That’s revolution enough. You see, the goal of white supremacy, colorism, featurism (and any other systems of oppression that work against you) is to convince you to hate yourself.
Therefore, if in spite of society’s negative influence, you learn to love yourself truly, deeply and fully, you have already won the battle. Embrace every facial feature and every curve of your body and work it to your advantage. Let your beautiful crown of hair continue to grow up towards the sun and to draw attention to you wherever you go.
With the New Year rolling in soon, take time to reflect over this past year and ponder over what you’d like the next year to look like. Discover what you can do to make this year your best year yet and remember to take advantage to everything you have access to. One encouraging motto or slogan to remind yourself of all throughout the New Year is:
You are deserving of all the love and joy that the world has to offer.