By DaiJhah Owens
As our country is still reeling from the election results and everything that has come of it, one thing remains crystal clear; this country would be nothing without black women. Kamala Harris, Stacy Abrams, Symone Sanders, and countless black women community organizers all over came together to ensure we would have a fighting chance at equity. While our white counterparts voted in mass against their interest, black women continued to be the moral compass of what felt like a God-forsaken country.
I don’t want us to simply praise and say thank you to Black Women for their tireless work; I want this country to have the audacity to do what has never been done before, SHOW BLACK WOMEN HOW THANKFUL YOU ARE FOR THEM. Give black women our flowers while we can still smell them. Don’t just write about how amazingly strong and brave we are in the history books; show up for us when we call (& when we don’t!)
Appoint black women to those C-Suite positions they are rightfully owed and qualified for (more than just chief diversity officer), pay black women more than what you pay white men (since we do most of the work anyway), and fight for health equity for black women as much as y’all fight against abortion. And for god sake, LISTEN TO BLACK WOMEN THE FIRST TIME! Bow down and relinquish your power to black women as we are indeed the only ones worthy of wielding it. These are just a few ways this country can truly show its appreciation to black women.
We are done doing the most work but benefiting the least from it. We are done being at the bottom of the social totem pole. There would be no victory for Joe Biden without black women! And for that, he and this entire country owe us everything!
DaiJhah Owens is a Contributing Writer for the Pedestal Project, LLC. DaiJhah is passionate about shifting political power to oppressed groups through education. She believes there is nothing more powerful than an educated black woman who can smell political BS a mile away! Connect with her on Instagram at @d_nakhole!