Black on Purpose by KiSha Donaldson

February 17, 2020
Black on Purpose by KiSha Donaldson

To encompass an understanding that My Black Is Beautiful you must acknowledge that I am indeed Black. You must accept that my hair defies gravity. You must approach the truth that Black women are the highest educated group of people. You must consider that the color of my skin does not render a definite ineloquent response. And no I will not be your token Black girl. You must comprehend that my tone does not indicate anger. You must be willing to participate in the interpretation of such perceived anger. You must be willing to have the conversation of centuries of generational traumas not yet addressed. You must face the present day repeating of that traumatic history. You must fathom the versatility of a Black Woman. The only organism who can create any and everything; yet the most underrepresented and unheard group of people. In spite of all oppression, the Black Woman has faced adversity with a smile on her face. Instead of the expected outrage, she is compassionate. She is nurturing. She is magic. I am she. She is I. I am Black Girl Magic. & My Black Is Beautiful Out Loud and on Purpose!

I am a survivor of domestic violence.

“I didn’t know that I was being abused...

I am a survivor of domestic violence.

“I didn’t know that I was being abused because my definition of abuse looked different. My husband pushed me, but most of my suffering was verbal and psychological. I left my husband to protect our young daughter. Almost immediately I felt the weight of his oppression begin to lift. I could see a difference in my daughter as well. Then he broke into my home and assaulted me in-front of her.

I sought help and was led to Safe Harbor. My daughter and I are in counseling now. I am sorting out the mess that abuse has caused. I am finding my voice and seeking opportunities to grow and better my life as well as my daughter's. She will gauge her self-worth from my own self-worth. I must show her that she deserves the best, by expecting the best for myself.

Many years I suffered in silence. By telling my story and being honest with friends and family, I am taking control of my life again.”

- Beth



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