PROTECT BLACK WOMEN

By Nikita Haynie

After the news of Anitra Gunn body was found,a missing college student, literally my heart shattered and my emotions felt reminiscent of the death of Alexis Crawford months earlier. I AM TIRED OF BLACK WOMEN DYING at the expense of emotionally and mentally deficit men. A friend recently shared an article with me about a former chef who committed sexual assault against three women due to his struggle with masculinity. Excuse me what?! When does this atrocity end? If you feel like I’m an angry black woman, it’s because I am. Myself and many other black women are tired of this bullshit. WHO WILL PROTECT BLACK WOMEN? Brittney Cooper, black feminist and professor,  in her book Eloquent Rage, personified my thoughts perfectly, “I’m a black woman who want to live in a nation that believes it has responsibility to Black women, as citizens and as people, to make the world safe for them.” To channel my thoughts and energy I wrote a poem for black women across the nation.

#PROTECTBLACKWOMEN 

More than a hashtag but an action. 

More than an Instagram caption. 

We are your mothers, sisters, daughters, grandmas aunties and strangers too 

We all deserve to be protected by you

Laborers are far and few but when it comes to a black woman we always got you 

Us

Who got us? 

Us 

Who will stand for us ?

On the front line like we always do 

They killed another black woman yesterday and where were you 

Nurturer. Healer. Teacher.

A few titles for you but encompassing more,

More, more 

Why don’t we mean more to you ? 

It ain’t safe, it ain’t safe 

Especially for the black girls

This world doesn’t give a damn 

But do you black man? 

Us 

Do you got us? 

Always intimated, never celebrated

Mediocrity, a black woman could never 

White women, an ally you say?

But when yall go missing, get killed it’s in circulation all day

Us 

Who got us?

More than a hashtag but an action. 

More than an Instagram caption. 

We are your mothers, sisters, daughters, grandmas aunties and strangers too 

We all deserve to be protected by you

Laborers are far and few but when it comes to a black woman we always got you 

Us

Who got us? 

Us 

Who will stand for us ?

Us

Love Us

Value Us

Acknowledge Us

Safe

Will you make it safe?

It aint safe

Us

Who got us?

Us

Protect

Will you protect us?

PROTECT.

BLACK.

WOMEN.

ProtectBlackWomen
Protect Black Women Painted by Nikita Haynie

Nikita Haynie is the Assistant Editor for the Pedestal Project, LLC. Nikita is a writer, author, and educator. She is a creative that writes content intersecting faith, black womanhood, and culture. Proud optimist. Follow her on Instagram: @thenikitahaynie. Check her out at NikitaHaynie.com

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