Guest Submission: Affirmations from SoblackSotrill
I’m here on earth for many things. All of them important. Most days I think about what I’m here for and I remember that I’m in the universe for myself, others and the universe itself. I’m black therefore my concern is other black people. I’m obliged to care first for a black person. I believe in this. Sometimes I don’t know if we are doomed, or blessed, or both. So much hardship, in a magnitude that seems to be exclusive to a Black Human.
But I remain proud and optimistic. And I want to share that.
So I will offer affirmations to every other black person in the world. I send these out with my spirit and with my words.
For you young privileged black person, who has never known and does not know and probably will never know financial struggle but is struggling with an identity crisis, you do not know how to pronounce some of the words of your mother tongue and you dream in English. I wonder always who lies with the most blame for that. I hope you find yourself, though for the mere fact that you don’t feel settled means that you aren’t lost. You have history and culture and heritage so rich that it should haunt you. Seek to know it and take your time in your search. There are discoveries that will make you cry. And crying is always good. Cry over what you have lost, what you have been robbed of and what you have given away. In language lies a crucial part of culture. There are words, or rather sounds that can describe even the deepest feelings and the most raw of curses. You are not less than but you can always be more.