THE IMPORTANCE OF BLACK LOVE:
I just wanna start by saying this: when two people can see pass the assaults in the media that bashes the other persons humanity (why are black men so angry? Why are black women so loud?? etc.) and be able to fully love each other regardless, THAT is powerful, beautiful, and a huge accomplishment. The strength of knowing that many people have something against the person you love, and despite that you still love them endlessly.
Black love is something that has endured many struggles, and although the black community has made several gains since slavery, we can't be ignorant to the fact that racism and systematic oppression still exists. And as long as it is still alive, there will still be effects within black love. When you allow your black love to survive that, it is an accomplishment in itself.
During slavery black men were stripped and sold out of their families. They were humiliated, beat, raped, and even killed in front of their wives and children. It was common, it wasn't "once in a blue moon." They were treated worse than animals, because they weren't looked to as human. This happened to black women also, but white slave owners often depended on the black woman to care for white babies, so the beatings happened at a lesser rate than black men. However, this behavior in front of spouses had traumatic effects on black love. We were seasoned to NOT love each other. Black couples could be killed if they were caught together. Black love was not ALLOWED for most of slavery. And in the mist of it all, the love prevailed on.
Black love also struggled through legalized oppression of the black community. Black men had to be providers of the home, bc in many cases black women made less than any other group in America (don't get me wrong, black men were paid unequally however women weren't allowed to work until after men.) The system legally tore the men apart, denying them work & arresting them. Mass incarceration. Government assistance programs. War on drugs. These all stripped black men from the black family.
Fast forward to now, the media has major influences on the stereotyping of black love. "Mixed babies are prettier."
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