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“I grew up learning how to protect men who hate me.” “These black girls need to watch out, ’cause white girls is winning.”

Two college students recently set a national spoken word event on fire with their words for Black men who hate Black women.

Crystal Valentine and Aaliyah Jihad’s poem, To Be Black and Woman and Alive, speaks about how some the negative treatment Black women receive at the hands of Black men.

“I grew up learning how to protect men who hate me … learned how to be the revolution spit-shining their spines,” the poets recited.

Which is exactly the same sentiments expressed by Black women who have to deal with misogyny from the same men they stand up for and fight for.

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  • elle

    It took me DAYS to watch this because I knew it would be true and I knew that the truth would hurt, not because of any wrong that I’ve done but because of the wrongs done to me.

    I was right.

  • TastyTaco

    I wasn’t moved too much by this. If a guy has that much hatred towards me, he doesn’t deserve my attention. If I have a boy child, I would hope that the knowledge and history of Blacks, women and the intersection of the two that I instill doesn’t fall on deaf ears. The men described in this video are ignorant, and sometimes an old dog can’t learn new tricks. Speaking of dogs, that’s what the men portrayed sound like, dogs in heat. Who cares if their mom is Black? Cause my Black ass would not give a man-whore the time of day. Neither would any other woman, unless she’s simply looking for some d*ck and a smile.

    And what kind of upbringing did the guys portrayed have? The adults in a child’s life can help perpetuate colorism and sexism, not just the media. It’s a vicious cycle.