Why Ask a Black Girl?

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SOPHIA

CREATOR & HOST

Have you ever seen or heard something REALLY juicy and either had nobody to tell, or you weren’t allowed to tell anybody? Well, that is literally how I’ve been feeling for the past 3 years. Well… add a bit of anger to that and you have me in a nutshell. Not an angry black woman, but a black woman who has been silenced. Over the past few years I have noticed that the racial divide that has always existed in America has decided to show its ugly head…again.

Amid so much police brutality between 2015 and 2016 I made a new friend at work who is/was white. Don’t be alarmed, he’s still white, we just don’t work together anymore. So, my new-found buddy asked me question after question that could make him appear to be nothing less than racist to the untrained eye. It was only after the first or second question/comment I realized that he was simply uninformed. I also realized that I appreciated his willingness to ask these questions as opposed to just assuming. It felt good to FINALLY dispel some of the misconceptions that shapes society’s claims about black people. Not to mention, it was surprising to see how much his ideas shifted after hearing my perspective.

 

You would think after months of talking about racial disparities I would be racially exhausted and verbally dehydrated, but I’m not! I realized through our conversations that many of the misconceptions about black people are derived from lack of interaction with black people. So, I set out to see what I could do to at least start healthy, honest, communication between black people and others. While it may seem a bit silly, I literally walk around town wearing a sign and I answer ANY question that is thrown at me. I cannot speak for all black people, but I can speak from a black perspective.

 

Long story short, this MLK quote is the crux of my goal, “People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”

So, if you are curious as to how this goes, subscribe to my YouTube Channel and join the conversation!