From Black Women: What We ___.

Instagram Information: Photographer Lamar Balinger ( iam.lamar.ballinger ) | Model: Brettina Davis ( thebrettina ) and Morgan Allen ( Morgan_n_allen ) | Creative Director: Brettina Davis (thebrettina).

FROM BLACK WOMEN: What we see.
We struggle for our reproduction, our babies suction, the ability to not go through assault so we can clearly function. However, isn’t it clever that together doesn’t mean actually together? I get to watch your struggle all the time, but to mine, you are able to turn a blind eye. I scream #metoo but nothing comes out…I don’t have a loud speaker.. like you.
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This year coined the “year of the woman #yearofthewoman,” was not intersectional. WOC remained dismissed from important conversations including the black woman started “me too” movement. The white officer who sexually assaulted over 30 women, most of color, was highly publicized. We never did hear from the victims though. I have experienced complete silencing during this movement.. this photo represents what black women see.. we are seeing the women’s struggle as a whole and accounting for all of us. Nonwomen of color who don’t suffer the same treatment only see half of the battle, their half of the struggle. Intersectional feminism is the ONLY way we will truly win, this struggle. But I will say that WOC need to build our own year of the woman. We need to realize the system has done an incredible job at segregating us more than any other group. Black women… and… WOC… and femmes.. please continue to look forward. Even when faced with an unfair system and those who will silence always keep your head up and look forward. We are creating our own validity.

Instagram Information: Photographer Lamar Balinger ( iam.lamar.ballinger ) | Model: Wesley Whitfield ( leeyah.wes ) and Brettina Davis ( thebrettina ) | Creative Director: Brettina Davis (thebrettina)

FROM BLACK WOMEN; What we see.
We struggle for our skin, to thrive in a system that wants us to lose not win, we fight for our power, but how come at the hour We need you, you don’t protect us? How come when we call for you we turn… and you neglected us. When a black man dies, we cry and fight.. we a black woman dies y’all can be as bad as white flight. You keep turning a blind eye to us. We get called crazy, ratchet, thot and those are lies the system brought. We need to remember how to stick together.
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Malcolm X said, “the most neglected, disrespected, unprotected is the black woman.” That continues to be a trend and isn’t changing. We fought for Jamar Clark, Philando Castile, etc.. but every time one of us is either murdered or beaten by another NFL player.. we get meme jokes. We become an actual meme joke for domestic violence! How have we fallen so far from the Harlem Renaissance, Black Wall Street, etc.. when will we get back to our roots of solidarity. I hope soon.


From a Black Woman’s Perspective.

Solidarity,

The Brettina