Listen, it’s time for some real talk.
The media is constantly reporting all these poorly framed statistics about black women in America. E.V.E.R.Y. week more misleading or flawed stats. Black women are less likely than whites to get married, black women have kids out of wedlock, the list goes on and on. Black women are constantly seeing their good names slandered.
We aren’t trying to trivialize any of the issues that are very real, like job discrimination. Of course, we all need to keep up the fight for racial justice.
The point is sometimes the stats about black women don’t tell the whole story! And you don’t need to be a #blacklivesmatter activist either to see what we mean.
We are simply concerned that all this negativity will overshadow all the ways black women are phenom these days. Like absolutely SLAYING IT in life.
The media won’t tell you these stats, so let us take the mic:
Black women are America’s leading entrepreneurs
According to the media, the typical startup founder in America is a young white guy who dropped out of Harvard or Stanford. But this myth doesn’t represent reality.
Did you know that African American-owned businesses are the fastest-growing segment of the women-owned business market? Furthermore, black women are starting up at a rate that is six times higher than the national average! To put this in even greater perspective, the number of companies started by African American women grew nearly 258 percent from 1997 to 2013.
In total, black women-owned businesses employed 272,000 workers and generated almost $45 billion in revenue, as of 2013.
Black women are confident in their beauty
Don’t get us started on those bogus pseudoscience studies on race and beauty. We aren’t going to legitimize any of them since they are usually cooked up by old white men in the land. The results are predetermined when you get the data by asking racist frat boys what they find attractive.
Often though, the media will use more coded patronizing language like how black beauty is “unconventional” or “exotic.” “Diverse” photo shoots end up as patronizing and marginalizing. Like WTF is that verbiage?
Unconventional? Nope. How about flat out beautiful.
Seriously, ever stop to think that if white women are the ideal of beauty, like the media wants you to believe, then why are white women getting so much plastic surgery? Of all cosmetic procedures in America, 80% were for white women versus only 8% for African American women.
So smile. Because whatever you’re going through, it is almost over. And whatever life has in store for you is going to be bigger and better than what you’ve imagined for yourself. You are absolutely flawless IRL!
Black women are the most educated group in America
Black women are grabbing college degrees at a hotter clip than any other group. According to this compiled data from the Census Bureau, as of 2011 9.7 percent of Black women are enrolled in college compared to 8.7 percent of Asian women and 7.1 percent for White women.
Education is key for economic mobility, so expect this trend to pay big dividends down the road.
Can’t stop won’t stop, eh eh
Black women might have stronger immune systems from ailments like asthma
We don’t want to go too far down the rabbit hole of genetics but it is somewhat ironic that white people, given their obsession with blood lines, are more likely to suffer from ailments like asthma and hay fever.
Scientists have discovered that all non-Africans today carry 1-6% of Neanderthal DNA and these genes make people prone to overly sensitive immune systems. That’s what you get for freaking with a Neanderthal.