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’re not much of a music lover. But regardless of the industry, it’s a step in the right direction, a big win. 4 women of color at the top. That’s good shit. The first 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 there’s a need for people from the Middle East to be in their own subcategory) and I hope this is the beginning of the end of the White male reign.
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. But, 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.