Several years ago, I babysat a child who was behaving rather badly. I tried all my tricks ranging from threats to hugs to bribery, but nothing worked. The child simply refused to get it together.
The child, in a fit of rage, turned to me and said, "I need an opportunity!"
The exclamation has stuck with me for years, as I'm parenting, as I worked with my students at the university, as I dealt with difficult customers in some of my other jobs, and most recently when I took my daughters to see the new ANNIE movie.
One of Annie's songs is called "Opportunity." And it's resonating with me today as I share this article with you, a piece over at My Brown Baby, which focuses on Target's Annie clothing advertisements in their stores which feature not a single brown girl.
For a hundred reasons, this bothers me.
The greatest is this: my girls deserve to be represented rather than dismissed, ignored, and pushed aside.
This is one reason I wrote BLACK GIRLS CAN: AN EMPOWERING STORY OF YESTERDAYS AND TODAYS. Because Black girls and women CAN and DO great things and should be recognized for it.
And we sure don't need any more messages of BLACK GIRLS CANNOT, whether that comes from an advertisement, a tv show, a book, or anything else.