We Deserve Respect—And We’re Going to Get It

Dear America, it was WE the people, not
we, the white male citizens, nor we, the white female citizens, nor we the male
citizens, but we, the whole people, who formed this country. And we formed it, not
only to benefit a portion of the people, but to benefit the country as a whole.
We’ve all come far in our battle for civil rights. Nearly every minority who has fought in this country is in a better place now
than they were a hundred years ago. But there’s a very specific disregard for
women’s rights in the communities we belong to and the communities that we
fight for. As women of color, we work alongside our communities to fight for
acceptance and support equal to that of what white people have. However, many of us tend to push aside our rights as women in order to fight for our ethnicities
and our races. We tolerate both minor and extreme sexisms in an effort to not
disrupt our fight for color equality. The domestic abuse rates and blatant sexism,
I feel, is in our communities at a much higher scale than it is in white
communities, and we don’t want to make these issues a big deal because we don’t
want to make our communities look bad, and we fear it could quell the movement
we worked so hard to build for equality in this country. Things have gotten
better, but there’s still a long way to go. The point is, National Women’s Day, and all the powerful feminist organizations
that we still have today, were all started and promoted by, and still hold
an element of white feminism. We need a movement started, built, and made
successful by us. And that is why I am trying to call for the first official
national honorary Black Women’s Day. I know that this has been addressed to
women of color, but I think the best way to go by this issue is through a
national Black Women’s Day. All women of color struggle in this country, but
nowhere near as much as black women have. America was born and MADE with black
women at the bottom. There’s a quote by Angela Davis, and I quote: “Black women
have had to develop a larger vision of our society than perhaps any other group.
They have had to understand white men, white women, and black men. And they have had to understand themselves. When black women win victories, it is a boost for
virtually every segment of society.” This quote basically summarizes the whole
reason I want national Black Women’s Day to be a thing. If we bring black women up,
we are bringing every other group of minority women up along with them. This
should not just be a celebration. This is not just for empowerment, commemoration, or for respect. This is a statement, not just to white women and men, but to the
men of our communities as well, to let them know that we are not going to fight
alongside them for our races and ethnicities and put sexism secondary to
that. We respect each other as equals. The fight for us should be the fight for
everyone. We should not be alone in this. I don’t want Black Women’s Day to be an
honorary event that a few people recognize and then forget about. I want
this to be a big deal. I want it to be a lot like Women’s Day, and for that to
happen it needs a lot of support. So I ask that you follow my instagram page,
which will be linked down below, and I ask that you share this video as best
that you can so that a lot more people can hear about it. A movement like this,
for it to be successful, needs a lot of support, and I’m currently
starting at the very bottom. My Instagram page currently has three followers: one
of them is my sister, one of them is me, and one of them is my best friend; and
that’s a little sad, but I do think that with word of mouth and by
social media, things like this can be possible. Miracles can happen. I
really, really, hope that I can make this a thing, and that I can make it come
true, not just for me and not just for you, but for all of America. Thank you so
much for watching, bye.

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