A late Valentine's Card: Many people are afraid because that is what our culture has taught us. I was a student a few years ago and I walked into my college library. The librarian was afraid of me. Yes, scared of sweet-natured, silly me. I saw the fear and the dread on her face. She is an older Caucasian woman. What did she think I was going to do? Put a knife to her throat and demand her purse and all of the books I could carry?
Sometimes I come across brown women with a stern "don't mess with me" look on their face and I know why they look the way they do. It is because they have to overcome the prejudices of other people and maybe even each other. I have seen some brown women with some mean, hard looks on their faces that made me move or cross the street. Me, I usually walk around with a dreamy look on my face until someone treats me like a criminal, and then even my face wears a rage filled scowl!
The fact of the matter is that the average brown woman is just trying to get through her day and harming anyone rarely crosses her mind. Everytime I see you I try to give you a big grin. I understand the cynical grimace I get back sometimes, because there are days I am trying to keep that grimace off my face.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCbp3q_e4Ks Badu Cleva
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CPCs7vVz6s Badu On and On