By Shayler Richmond
Black people hold ourselves back in the midst of fighting against systemic oppression.
We are quick to be up in arms when non Black people diminish our plight, or offend our collective identity, but when it comes to operating within our own community we care most about saving face.
We isolate Black identities and fail our youth by choosing to appear more perfect rather than choosing to love more perfectly. Perfect love is not absent mistakes; perfect love is absent hate, envy, abuse and judgement.
Most toxic patterns in the Black community are ingrained in superficial pride; genuine pride is accepting all Black people into the center of blackness and the willingness to unpack toxic patterns, which harm and divide our community.
We cannot fake it until we make it if that means lack of self reflection and community responsibility. We have to take responsibility for not passion on generational curses and breaking traditions that are not rooted in growth, empowerment and love.
We have to bring everyone to the table and welcome them.
Your pride as a member of the Black community should be attached to your responsibility to eliminate hate within the Black community; hate is hate.
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Acknowledge your sister and your brother; acknowledge them or they. Support the Black person next to you, behind you and in front of you. Stand with Black women. Love and empower Black youth.