Today 4 African American women are at the top of the Billboard charts for the first time in history. You may not see this as a win if you are not much of a music lover. But regardless of the industry, it is a step in the right direction, a big W. Four women of color at the top. That’s some good shit. The first of good shit to come out of 2020.
I am no feminist; I have love for people of every color, shape, size, sexuality and gender. I am a White passing and benefiting young woman (though I would argue that there is a need for Middle Easterners to be in their own subcategory) and I hope that this is the beginning of the end of White male supremacy. It’s time that everybody on the spectrum has an equal shot to achieve and express themselves openly. Put your white chalk and black ink to the side. History is written in color, with different font styles.
Every generation has the opportunity to write the next chapter of history. To improve. In fact, every person does. It all starts with an open mind and an open heart. You might not start out that way. You may not have been raised in a culture that encouraged interracial relationships or female free will and success. But as you grow older, if you choose to unlearn those archaic thoughts and behaviors and, instead, show love and respect to all beings on Earth, then you are an agent of change. A cycle breaker. And you should be proud to be one.
It takes a special kind of courage to say ‘no’ to elders, leaders and bosses. To stand up for what’s right and say ‘that’s enough,’ ‘unacceptable,’ and actually take steps to change your own behavioral pattern for the better. Too many people get comfortable sitting on the sidelines and would rather watch others do the work. Norms are only broken and built when everyone participates.
Break the cycle. Take a stand. Have a good heart. Repeat until it’s a way of life.