I could not end 2017 without thanking everyone that has stopped by my blog- Write Some Shit.
Thank you so much to everyone that has read my blog, shared it on social media, in an email or linked my site to their blog, article or website. Thank you to everyone that has left a comment- any comment. I take the great, good, bad and the ugly.
As I writer, I have pushed some of you and as readers you have pushed back. We have agreed and agreed to disagree. We have had conversations that I never imagined I would have when I started this blog in January. You have challenged me to think about things differently, and I thank you for that. I have been called the n-word, arrogant, stupid, race-baiter, ignorant, angry Black woman and a host of other names. However, I have also been called a truth speaker, enlightening, refreshing, a new voice and wise. I take it all, the good along with the bad because in all things I am always looking for a lesson that will move us towards a space where people start to work and grow together in love.
I hope I have written blogs that challenge the way that you think, that makes you pause and say “I didn’t see it that way,” or “I never thought about that.” I hope that my blog has moved you from words to action and that in your personal life you have asked yourself, your friends, your family and your neighbors some tough questions and that you have rolled up your sleeves to do the work. Remember working towards justice is as close as your own front door. All you need to do is just open your eyes and notice the world around you. What should you do? Do Something. What isn’t an open is to do nothing.
I never signed up to write things that would make everyone comfortable. I believe it is in the uncomfortable spaces that change occurs. This year has been a challenging year for many people. It has made people that saw the world through rose-colored glasses realize that we still have a steep and rocky mountain to climb. And it won’t always be pretty, and it indeed won’t always be easy. Anything worth it is almost never easy. I believe that we are worth it. That humanity is worth it. That learning to live with love at the center is worth it. And we can do that. It is not something that is unattainable. We owe it to those that came before us and those that will come after us to make this world a better place because we were here. Work to leave a legacy of love and of greatness. Live in such a way that when your grandchildren and great grandchildren ask you which side were you on, you can proudly say, “I stood on the side of decency, compassion, understanding and love.”
As I close out the year, the following are some of my blogs that seemed to stir a lot of emotion in people. If you have not read them before, please enjoy. And if you have read them already, know that two coats of paint are often better than one.
Dear Colin Kaepernick All You Had To Do Was Play The Game Boy
How Many More Documentaries Will It Take White America?
Dear Pepsi How In The Hell Do You Plagiarize, Whitewash and Co-op an Entire Movement?
Just In Case Y’all Wanna Hate On Beyonce
Black Women Do Not Exist To Save You
Dear America: Why Do You Keep Reasearching Issues Black People Have Already Told You Are True?
Dear Becky Being Kinda Racist Is Like Being Kinda Pregnant
Beyonce, Serena, and Black Women Around The World Don’t Owe You Shit
How Not To Do Feminism and Intersectionality: I Brought Receipts
Thank you so much for joining me on this writing journey. I look forward to 2018 and the words that the new year holds.
I pray each of you have a very Happy, Prosperous, and Revolutionary New Year!
Keep reading, and I’ll keep writing.
Categories: Thoughts, Musings and Reflections
I only recently discovered your blog and am very glad that I did so. I hope more people find your blog, read, reflect, and react. Here’s to a new year that brings us much more cause for hope and much more progress.
I love that you took the time to simply say thank you. I might have to borrow a page out of your book sis. Thank you for being a voice for black women. Thank you for being willing to say some of the things I think about writing but don’t because of my profession ( being a soldier and a track coach ) but please believe me you definitely inspired me to get off my butt and write more this year. I wish you nothing but positivity in 2018