Copyright © 2016 by Leslye Joy Allen. All Rights Reserved.
I had to learn the hard way not to rely solely on
American-born brothers who
talk plenty smack and talk plenty righteousness about
how we Black folk have work to do, but at the same time demand
that I keep my mouth shut about the mess that affects me as a woman and all
that infects us/we as a people…
I had to learn the hard way that many of my brothers did not
arrive speaking with American accents, but
some had/have foreign accents so thick that I
need(ed) someone to decipher what they were saying, but
what they said mattered less than what they did…
I learned that plenty Josés and Juans and Ahmads and Maliks and
Etiennes and Lúcios and Willies and Sams
of my world
and my hemisphere
weighed in on matters that affected my life as a Black woman when
so many other so-called brothers assumed that my problems as a Black female
would be handled by someone else or
handled by me by myself…
I had to learn the hard way that my definition of “brother” needed to remain
outside of my typical geographic boundaries of what I/We call the USA
and we either grab hold of each other as kith and kin
or we drown in the waters waiting for
some definition that none of us could live with anyway.
– Leslye Joy Allen, Copyright © 2016. All Rights Reserved.
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