Stereotypes are usually awful judgy assumptions that are offensive and often times a grossly blanketed idea of a certain group of people. There are countless stereotypes about black women that are meant to offend and harm; but, these are 10 stereotypes black women should totally own with pride:
We are loud
You want to hear me don’t you? You will hear us above all whispers, across the Appalachian mountains, and through the valleys.
We are sassy
There is nothing like a neck roll, tooth sucking, and finger snap to get your point across. My sass has taken me quite far.
We are good in the kitchen
How can that possibly be a bad thing?
We are always the strong one
Your husband gets fired, your kid gets suspended, and your boss is getting on your nerves. But, your family can undoubtedly count on you to make a dollar out of 15 cents and warm the house with a fire made from toothpicks.
We are voluptuous
We have shapely hips, big ol’ butts, and wear it better than anyone else. As a matter of fact, according to Vogue, it is the year of the butts.
We just love some fried chicken & other soul food delights
Soul food is quite parallel to southern cooking that really developed when the slaves had to make a meal out of the scraps they were given. So, yes, I love soul food and all of the soul that comes with it.
We are stern with our children
A good finger waggin’ and talking to never hurt anyone. We keep our kids in check so that they go out into the world knowing how to respect others and treat people the way the want to be treated. Otherwise mama will be waiting inside with a switch.
Our hair is nappy
You already know how I feel about this one. If you don’t, here.
We speak ebonics; all of us
While ebonics can be found in the speech of most people, it is also a subversion of Standard American English and also has rules and specifications. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be able to communicate with each other. Being able to fluently understand and speak in ebonics and transition into Standard American English is actually impressive and not easily done by anyone.
We only listen to rap, use confusing slang, and are a part of this seemingly secret subculture
Well, that is just called being cool. No, but really– black women are cultural, interesting, cool, and have the ability to totally immerse themselves in this culture of black Americans while still having a foot out in the rest of the world. Trust me when I say, some of the smartest black women I know, college educated and above, know every word to Bobby Shmurda, dance included.
We all have hard to pronounce, never heard of, one of a kind names
People seem to forget our rich heritage that, while we are further removed from due to the slave trade, still impacts our actions today. As a culture, we are naturally creative and many times we like to use names that are connected to our heritage and express our creativity. So, yes, we name our kids Tyrone, Shaniqua, and Javon because picking a name out of a book is just not good enough. My name is Latifah and I wear it with pride.