From the outset, let me thank BrownSista.com for inviting me to say a few words concerning the greatness of Black women. It is truly an honor being able to have the rare opportunity to share some very important data with such a prestigious magazine.
Recently, the on-line magazine Psychology Today approved an article written by one of its London-based employees who attempted to attack the sacred image of Black women. Their basic argument says the concept of beauty cannot be attributable to Black women as it is a characteristic exclusive to non-Black women. (Kanazawa: 2011, Psychology Today). Interestingly, due to the soaring numbers of worldwide plastic surgeries getting done by non-Black women to obtain the ethnic features of Black women, I would say non-Black women would not agree with Psychology Today’s conclusion.
So, in actuality, we all really know Black women are beautiful. What I have discovered is although applicable, the concept of ‘beauty’ is insufficient when describing the global Black woman as it does not express her distinct overall essence neither does it speak to her illustrious legacy. Beauty, or should we say “natural beauty” is part of a harmonic force consisting of aesthetics, motherhood, intelligence, legacy and sophistication. Natural beauty then is an aspect of a much higher concept.
Therefore, a more appropriate concept (minimally) to describe Black women would be to say Black women are perfect.
For several years I have been examining specific data which expresses Black woman’s greatness in general and her perfection in particular. I then tested that data with some dysfunctional relationships some of us experience. I have also researched various blockades preventing Black women from realizing their perfection. Some of my findings are as follows:
(1) Aggression shown against Black women is not because they are less beautiful but Black women are being attacked because they are the personification of beauty and the ultimate archetypes of perfection which subsequently breeds envy in both women and men.
(2) Negatives targeting Black women are distractions meant to keep them from becoming enlightened concerning their perfection. It’s like this. If you are too busy trying to convince yourself you are not ugly, your level of awareness will never even consider perfection.
(3) Some Black men have raised the anti-Black woman banner because he has stepped away from his primary source of love and inspiration: Black woman. Metaphorically speaking, the fish has decided he doesn’t need water anymore.
(4) Black men are emboldened against her because Black women do not expect or require literal worship from her Black man which is an ancient practice that kept relationships solid.
(5) Black women are “guilted” out of conditionally loving themselves.
Granted, accepting the perfection of Black woman concept may not be easy to grasp initially, especially when Black women are subjected to a constant parade of negatives. Nevertheless, Black women are the ultimate survivors and thus the provability of Black woman’s perfection is easy to do.
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Naj Kamau, M.A. is an author and research specialist who lives in St. Louis, Missouri. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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