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I am sitting next to my friend in the pizza shop. Listening to his rant about women.
He tells me the girl he thinks is his wife
She is not black
I cheer him on
Because love is love
I don’t want to marry a black woman. They are not submissive. They are too strong
He points at me
Exhibit A! I can’t lie, he says
I admire your strength and character. I wish I were like that but I’m afraid, it can be too much for a man to handle.
Wow! I say
I do not owe you submission
You are not my other half
What do you like about her, I ask
Nothing, he says
She is just beautiful
Then it hit me,
The black woman is not just too strong for him
She is not pretty enough for him
Have you seen her lately?
Dark as coal with eyes bright as the moon
Her skin makes love with the sun
How is that not a thing to envy
Our fathers say the black woman is god
Christians say God is love
The black woman is love
Is that too strong a love for you
Bold as a lion
With the strength of her ancestors running through her veins
Is that too much strength for you
Works tirelessly from dawn into the dusk
Is that too much hard work for you?
Digs her claws into the skin
Of any who messes with her seeds
Is that too much power for you?
Even the black woman needs to be protected
And a real man need not be afraid of her.
Perhaps, you are not man enough.