Saturday 16 September 2023

A Love Letter to the Struggling Black child

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By Adetayo Adetokun

Dearest Black Child,

I write to you today with a heart overflowing with love, admiration, and a deep-rooted belief in your inherent strength and resilience. In a world that often tries to dim your light, I want you to know that your blackness is a radiant beacon of beauty, power, and immeasurable worth. This letter is a tribute to your struggles, a testament to your triumphs, and a reminder that you are never alone in your journey.

From the time our ancestors were shackled in chains, torn from their homes, and subjected to unspeakable horrors, they carried within them a spirit that refused to be broken. They fought for freedom, dignity, and the unalienable right to be seen as equals. They overcame the darkest of nights, never losing sight of the dawn that would inevitably come. They, too, were once black children, faced with unimaginable challenges and yet, through their blood and sacrifice, they paved the way for us.

So, here is to every struggling black child who has ever dared to dream against the odds. Here is to you, the embodiment of the strength and tenacity that flows through your veins. I want you to understand that your journey may not always be smooth, but every hurdle you face is an opportunity for growth and a chance to defy expectations.

Look to the pages of history and find solace in the stories of those who came before you. Draw strength from the unwavering determination of Harriet Tubman, who risked her life to guide countless souls to freedom. Take inspiration from the towering intellect of Maya Angelou, whose words danced across the pages, giving voice to the silenced and healing the wounded. Reflect on the courage of Martin Luther King Jr., who dared to dream of a world where justice and equality reign supreme. These icons of black excellence are not just figures in a distant past; they are part of your legacy, a tapestry of greatness that you are now a part of.

In a society that sometimes questions your worth, remember that your blackness is your strength. It is a mosaic of ancestral wisdom, a celebration of resilience, and a reminder that your existence is a revolutionary act. Embrace your melanin-rich skin, for it is a testament to the resilience of generations that came before you. Let your voice be heard, for it carries the echoes of those who fought for your right to speak your truth.

I implore you to be unapologetically you, to embrace your heritage and all the richness it entails. In a world that may try to suppress your identity, be proud of who you are. Celebrate the texture of your hair, the curve of your nose, the fullness of your lips, and the strength of your spirit. Remember that your features are not flaws: they are the embodiment of a legacy that cannot be erased.

I know that the road ahead may seem daunting at times, and there may be moments when you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders. But I assure you, my dear Black Child, that you are not alone. Reach out to your community, for there are hands waiting to lift you up. Seek mentors who will guide you with wisdom and help you navigate the obstacles that lie ahead. Surround yourself with positive influences who believe in your potential and will support you on your journey.

Above all, never forget that you are worthy of love, success, and happiness. You have the power to shape your destiny, to rewrite the narrative, and to leave an indelible mark on the world. Believe in yourself, for you are capable of greatness beyond measure.

So, dear Black Child, as you navigate this complex world, remember that you are not defined by the struggles you face but by the resilience with which you overcome them. Your blackness is a source of strength, a testament to the indomitable human spirit. Embrace your heritage, stand tall, and let your brilliance shine.

With unwavering love and boundless hope,

A Former Black Child Rooting for You

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