i’d rather give a sister my hand, than to tell a bitch to bow down. and this isn’t about respectable politics, cause I get it. i understand the giddy and heady spectacularness of owning our power, and enforcing it in the world, especially as woc, especially as black women. but, since grade school where i was bullied by other girls for being too happy of a person, too nice, too thoughtful and sweet, I’ve noticed there is a societal pressure to exhibit a coolness that borders on cruelty and dismissal of others in order to be accepted and special. honestly, i am just so tired of this dynamic especially within the african american community. i am so tired of this dynamic with other sisters. no, we don’t all rock with the same things, or have the same politics, but this hyper competition/ this slicing through another persons self esteem to feel larger and fuller is chopping us all off at the knees. kindness is not weakness and ‘being the baddest bitch’ doesn’t need to come with blades. do you. It’s that simple. can’t nobody mess with that, because there is only one you. instead of us making a detailed list of someone else’s flaws, we need to stay taking inventory of our gorgeousness. and help another sister/ another person do them. show them that who they are is incredible. let’s really start looking at this methodology of loving ourselves. this harmful way of building self esteem. this enjoyable shattering of others to make ourselves whole, and why we find it so acceptable.

nayyirah waheed (via nayyirahwaheed)
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You are a
hurricane of
a girl;

to breathe
every once

in a while,
do not drown
within your
own storm.

I think I saw you smile once, Emma Bleker  (via seulray)
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