On behalf of The SWIFT (Sister Writers Immersing Fully in Truth) Movement, I hereby present the following open statement addressing the struggle of young women of African descent (WOAD) living in America where finding voice and curtailing truth has been an everlasting struggle since their foremothers.
An Open Statement to Fellow Sisters of African Descent:
The Silenced Black Girl will not contain her silence any longer.
The struggle of growing up as a Black woman in America, who always felt as if she is not astounded by her own words — deeming it lacks value, will not continue.
Too many times she has written outside of herself and could not recognize her words as her own. She thinks how can someone accept the words that she fears? Curtailing her truth has caused an adverse effect—faking it until she makes it.
The battle she has faced to escape outside of herself to become her alter ego—the person with no boundaries—is a triumphant one.
The pen and paper are her saving grace; her calm in storms and her sanity in the insane world.
Her finger prints are left on earth through her written thought. Her writing encompasses her true self or at least what she sees and what she wants.
Writing is the mirror used to check in with what’s beneath the reflection shown. It forces her to deal with feelings she may be hiding from herself.
Her pages will represent the inner self that never gets a chance to speak, the inner self that is rebellious, yet masked by her body’s outer shell. It will represent her whole being—untouchable, somewhat tainted—yet genuine and pure.
She will tell her story for one simple reason: if she does not, no one will know. She does not want to be known through interpretation. She wants to be known through hardcore facts that hold emotions, hard times, downs and ups and growth—through her voice. Telling her story is necessary for her survival.
Writing provides the opportunity to take the weight held deep inside of watching the world and place that same weight on paper.
Her writing acts as a method of validation—certifying not just her feelings but her experiences and how they have and will continue to shape her. What comes out of her has deeper roots than that of her body’s age and experiences.
Her oath is to let the fire within burn limitless light.
Her mark in time and her destiny is sealed by her writing.
It will forever speak her truth on all levels—spiritually, mentally, physically, emotionally. It will highlight her oneness with this earth. It will be an expression of her oneness with self.
She must write. It is here, she can make changes through what burns inside of her. The pen is the reminder of her oath. The paper is her stage and being a writer is her role.
She is not concerned if her words are met with opposition or negative feelings by others—her truth is just that; hers. No validation is needed from the outside world.
The Silenced Black Girl is on a mission to make sure that no matter what the obstacles—her Silence will be heard.
On behalf of The SWIFT Movement, we now declare that all women of African Descent reclaim their voice, shape their identity and speak their truth—breaking the chains of silence by any means necessary. Ase.
Written By: TiElla M.L. Grimes ©2014
“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept and celebrate those differences.” –Audre Lorde
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