We aren’t all “Strong Black Women”

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Submitted via Twitter: @CelesteAurora

Sunday March 11, 2012- 140 character exchanges spark a rich conversation…

The Tweets that ignited the conversation…

We aren’t all “Strong Black Women”

 

 

Has “strong” become a euphemism for “it doesn’t matter how we treat them because they’ll survive”?
Pamela Upsher@PupsherLive

 

It seems so. And I often get the idea that they think we’re strong like oxen. Less than human.

 

“Strong” Yep I think it does mean it doesn’t matter how you treat them.

 

...that, and makes it easy to call some women a credit to our race if we aren’t loud, abrasive, or bitter

 

B/c it can be a little like describing a black person as “articulate.” I think it depends on who is making the description.

 

black women are always expected to endure anything and everything sometimes making it impossible to get help

 

Just yesterday I thought: I’ve put up so many walls trying 2b “strong”. Time for vulnerability.

 

“strong” definitely backhanded if used as a character trait or trope…maybe not so much if used to (cont)
Evan@Kerr1ck

 

..describe someone and her accomplishments individually? (disclaimer- white dude)

 

I HATE “strong” & “resilient” – they make me sound like a weed, not a flower.

 

Keep the conversation going - comment and discus with your thoughts

 

Tweets by Michele Norris