Month: August 2014

The Idea of Bravery

I’d like to contest the idea of bravery as it is portrayed traditionally. Women of color can never be traditionally brave. We are encouraged not to hold positions of great responsibility. We are told not to deliberately put ourselves in danger. We are even told to keep our opinions to ourselves in case we anger someone more important than us who can then take away what little power we have over our lives.

We have historically been considered pieces of property, pets to be coddled. Yet thousands of us wake up every day, walk around in public spaces where we are traditionally threatened, get an education and work in environments that are barely tolerant at best and hostile toward us at worst.

That is not just brave. That is revolutionary.