Stacey Abrams is smart, hardworking, determined—and yes, a force. But being a Black woman doesn’t make you innately strong. And yet this kind of expectation has become a societal norm. As author and activist Mikki Kendall writes on the Lockdown Stay At Home Tour Dates Shirt In addition,I will do this “Strong Black Woman problem” in her 2020 book Hood Feminism: Notes From Women That a Movement Forgot, “The fact that Black women are supposedly tougher than white women means that we are built to face abuse and ignorance, and that our need for care or concern is less pressing.” While the adoration is flattering—Abrams certainly deserves the praise—one question remains: Are we leaning too heavily on her shoulders?
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