~WHAT IF I AM A BLACK WOMAN~

What if I am a Black Woman?
Is it a disease?
Well, if it is, I sure hope it's catching
Because they need to pour it into a bottle, label it, and sprinkle it all over the people
Men and Women - whoever loved or cried, worked or died for any one of us.

So what if I am a Black Woman
Is it a crime?
Arrest me!
Because I'm strong, but gentle...
I'm smart, but I'm learning...
I'm loving, but I'm hateful...
And I like to work because I like to eat and feed and clothe and house me,
mine, and yours and everybody's
Like I've been doing for the past 300 years.

What if I am a Black Woman?
Is it insane?
Commit me!
Because I want happiness, not tears;
Truths, not lies; Pleasures not pain; Sunshine, not rain; A man, not a child!

What if I am a Black Woman?
Is it a sin?  Pray for me!
And pray for you too,
If you don't like women of color because we are...
Midnight Black, Chestnut Brown, Honey Bronzed, Chocolate Covered,
Cocoa Dipped, Big Lipped, Big Hipped, Big Breasted, and Beautiful...
All at the same time!

So what if I am a Black Woman?
Does it bother you that much because I want a man who wants me...
Loves me and trusts me...
Respects me and gives me everything because I want to give him everything back, PLUS!

What if I am a Black Woman?
I've got rights, same as you!
I have worked for them
Died for them
Lied for them
Played for them
Laid for them...
On every plantation from Alabama to Boston and back!

What if I am a Black Woman?
I love me, and I want you to love me to,
But I am, As I've always been,
Near you, close to you, beside you...Strong, Giving, Loving
FOR OVER 300 YEARS
YOUR BLACK WOMAN...LOVE ME!