“A black woman is no different to any other woman”
By Akilah Holder – Trinidad Express – March 08, 2013
AM I NOT A MAN AND A BROTHER?
I was standing in my local mini-mart one day, waiting to be served and minding my own business, when this scruffy and questionable-looking black man who had walked into the mini mart began eyeing me. From the corner of my eyes I had noted that he was eyeing me, and had thought to myself, “Oh gosh, here we go!”. As I had anticipated, this “character” walked over to me and began hitting on me. I shot him a look intended to convey “Ugh! Please!” At that point, I looked away. And I must have succeeded in communicating the meaning that I had wanted because he persisted, “why you have to treat me like I is a beast?” Yep, green verbs and all! I responded “because you are acting like one,” and so aggravated was I, that I was about to spit out “and you look like one too,” but I thought to myself “Look, Akilah, hush, jus hush”.
He stopped, but not before adding “Why my people so boy, why we so?!” I did not even bother, I just ignored him. But I cannot ignore the premise that seems to underlie his final statement: that as a black woman I should be thrilled that he is interested in me (despite his vagabond, unkempt, very “street” appearance and obvious lack of or absence of education), that because I am black I should be able to relate to him, that I should not have class and carry myself like a lady, and that I owe him something by virtue of being black.
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