A Hero Ain’t Nothing but a Sandwich
You don’t need anyone’s permission to be a hero. You already are.
Do you suppose the 27,000+ followers you have hanging on your every word, don’t already think you are a hero?
Are they not waiting for you to regale them with your struggles, successful or not, against a hostile Universe?
Do they sit with baited breath as you rail against real issues which affect real people and can hardly be ignored by any reasonable person but are overlooked by people in power who can’t be bothered to give even one fuck, no matter how egregious the sin might be? You betcha.
Have you been vulnerable with them, told them your secrets, your fears, your sometimes thwarted ambitions, that you still strive to accomplish, even while the frustration is fresh within your psyche? Yes, you have.
Have you shared the Black experience, unapologetically, letting people know ultimately, no White person reading your words would ever want to trade places with a person of color no matter what form of allyship they may consider themselves to be? Goddammit, girl you have.
You are the very definition of the hero.
Fighting the good fight against impossible odds with no guarantee of success and often having to fight in high heels and dance backward with a partner whose mastery is thought to be significantly better than yours despite you doing everything he does backward and in high heels…
You don’t need any lessons from anyone in how to persist. In how to maintain your aplomb after another interview with another White person who fails to recognize your obvious talents.
You my dear, are giving the lessons on being heroic, not taking them. You are clearly capable of understanding the Black Equation and what it takes to be successful.
You understand to be considered half as good you have to work twice as hard, stay up later, get up earlier, read more, write better, think harder, be more polite, remain hopeful, and never ever let them see you sweat. When they sense your fear, your weakness, your moments of vulnerability, they prey upon them.
It’s a national past time to do so. See: Those Black Bastards in the NFL…
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You don’t need lessons in being heroic.
You need lessons in forgiving yourself when you find the math of the Black Equation to be filled with an immoral calculus which requires you sacrifice yourself upon the altar of your success.
There is nothing wrong with your television set. You are seeing the picture exactly as it is. As long as you prostrate yourself before White people, keep your head bowed, quiet your voice, restrain your nature, repress your anger, you are acceptable.
When you raise you head, stare defiantly in their eyes, call them on their bullshit, point out the Struggle they know nothing about, excel despite your culturally-defined limitations, and become a force to be reckoned with in spite of their manipulations to keep you from being successful, you are a problem.
You are that problem. You should stay that way.
Because a hero ain’t nothing but a sandwich.
You are so much more than that. We need you to stay in the fight. Fighting with your words, with your heart, with your love of our people. I would do it, but I lack your fire, your way with words. People are inspired by you. They love your language, your passion, your zeal for life.
Heroes inspire. You, my dear young lady, are inspirational as hell!
Rest up. Your adoring fans seek an audience with their hero in your constant struggle to rise up against a world view that denies your power and your significance.
They don’t know you like I do. If they did, they would leave you alone and let you remain the magnificent individual I know you to be. #blackgirlmagic
And you are not alone asking this question: I’ve asked something similar on more than one occassion:
What constitutes a hero in modern society?
Why do industries in America do everything in their power to disenfranchise the people making them rich beyond measure?
I’m always here if you need to talk.