When I look at you, I see greatness. I see strength even when you feel weak. I know it’s hard to believe, but you are definitely going to make it to where you want and need to be in life. You have so many odds against you. The biggest being, the color of your skin. The beautiful smooth melanin that you wear that makes my heart melt is the same thing that makes a white woman clench her purse a little tighter when you walk pass. You’re always looked at as the “bad guy”, “the criminal”, “the perpetrator.” You’re never really enough once standing by the side of a white man. To fear for your life during a simple traffic stop, a walk down the street or a walk to the store is extremely scary and unfortunate. I won’t go into a rant about racial inequality, but I will make the point to you that even though so many odds are against you, I see nothing but success in your future.
Sometimes you don’t believe in yourself. You don’t believe that you have the necessary tools to make it in this world, but you do. It’s so unfortunate that you can’t look in the mirror to see it for yourself though. Nothing about making it on God’s green earth will be easy. Getting to your dreams will be a long, stressful, strenuous journey. You will want to throw in the towel and you will want to give up more times than one. But think about it. How far can you go in life, without moving at all?
I want you to show everyone that has ever doubted you that they were completely wrong. You have to be better than them and show them that that they only need to fear you because you’ve excelled in education and your career and they realize there’s no limit to the impact that you will have on this world. Let’s show them that you are worth more than the lazy”thug” that they want you to be. Walk around like you have a point to prove, because whether you like it or not, you do. You always have to stand out, be smarter, 10 times better, work 10 times harder and strive for so much more. Unfortunately, it will be hard to show them if you don’t believe it. So walk with pride. With your head held high. I want the world to see you through my eyes. I want you to again, look in the mirror and see one of God’s most beautiful creations; The Black Man.
Listen to me, You have the ability to make a huge difference in this world and the community you live in. I see so much strength in you. So much promise. Even in the midst of adversity, you continue to prevail and as long as you continue to stand strong, there is nothing or no one that can stop you. I love you and I will always cherish and advocate for you. And even when you don’t believe in yourself, know that I will always be here, in your corner, rooting you on.
A Black Woman named B