Unapologetic Black Woman – Takirra Winfield Dixon

Speaker 3 (00:59:38):

That like, even with black men and even with men of color, right. And women of color, that our oppression is very different and the refusal to acknowledge that. And even to put it down or to discredit it. Right. And I was like, so this person, so I came back and was like, okay. So even Malcolm said, the person is the black woman. So like, what’s your points are like, what are we, what are we arguing? Right. Like, and we just, the minute we start to center ourselves, even without putting others down, but we’ve got a problem because we exist. Right. Folks got a problem.

Speaker 1 (01:00:18):

Right. So, you know, it’s important. What you say is important. Unapologetically, just show up unapologetically. Cause we don’t have anything to apologize for. We, we have just, as you have the right to be who you are, and I honor that you need to honor the fact that I’m going to show up as who I am and just take and just take that and let’s go with that. Right. Don’t expect me to be here to coddle, into, to make you make you comfortable in a lot of things and just know that this is me.

Speaker 3 (01:00:57):

Right. And I can have no regrets at the end of the day. Cause I know I showed up as you know, as myself was myself, go and continue to be myself. Right. And if that’s not enough in a space, then I am now blessed enough to be able to walk right out of that space. And what I want is for other black women, to be able to give themselves permission, to walk out of those spaces, to write and find a new space or create a new space. And that’s the game that’s that’s the mood is right. Like we’re going to start playing chess.

Speaker 3 (01:01:35):

Like this is, this is where we’re at. So like, while y’all thanking us for saving the country, we’re over here playing chess, trying to figure out the next move. Right. And that’s what I want so badly for all black women, to be able to realize that, to stand in who they are, to be able to be comfortable in who they are to push the boundaries. Right. To like push each other right. To just like be happy. Right. Because sometimes folks mad cause we happy, right? Like I’m gonna go for the meeting and I’m like laughing and joking and you know, having some fun and just heard something that was really funny and I’m laughing and you know, and it’s like, why are you mad? You know? Like, look, we’re oppressed. I don’t have to like, you know, like

Speaker 1 (01:02:24):

Did somebody say, Oh they, um, I don’t remember who said it, but they said they want our rhythm, but they don’t want our blues. But if you don’t get, if you don’t have our blues, you can’t understand our rhythm. I say, and I look around and you know, my husband is white and I look around at, you know, white people’s joy and black people’s joy. And our joy is immense. It’s something that others cannot understand. And I understand that you can’t understand it because you don’t have the pressures that to release that we have to release. You go to a white party and everybody’s drinking and that’s how they get their joy. You wrote a black party and nobody could be drinking, but they haven’t such a good time. You think everybody’s drinking at a house.

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