Am I worthy? That is the question that I have been asking myself all my life.
Little white girls are told they are from birth and at as if,
They are put on the self worth pedestal and carry it with them.
Black women question whatever good they get
Until a catastrophic or any life changing event
Occurs and they get that Oprah “Aha” moment,
We are told “Don’t be too proud”, “Stay humble”,
“Don’t put on airs”; “Don’t show your Black Girl Magic”.
But not feeling worthy enough has been a many a detriment to many a black girl,
We stay in relationships that aren’t worthy,
Hoping he would change, praying that someday the man you see in him would show up instead,
We stay in a job that isn’t worthy,
Making less than our worth, treated unworthy,
Breaking our backs working long hours,
Hoping someone would recognize our worth,
We hang around girlfriends that aren’t worthy of our time,
Friends that see our worth but are too jealous to tell us,
Or they don’t value their own self worth,
So we sit around and talking about how unworthy we all are, how unworthy we are to leave that man, that job or them girlfriends,
In Webster’s Dictionary unworthy has a black woman’s picture next to it.
About our guest writer: Hailing from the Boogie Down Bronx, Velvet A. Ross is a graduate student in Women’s History and Writer, Filmmaker, Actress and Singer. She is dedicated to writing historically and producing creative pieces about black women who have been marginalized and hidden in the arts.