A BROWN GIRL MANIFESTO
I am a brown girl in South Africa.
Self-love, hard work and supporting my sisters is a political act.
It is not about narcissism or ego, it is about fearlessly declaring and defending my position in a world that sees my kind as unimportant and insignificant.
It is important for me, as a brown girl, to create and love my own identity. It is important for me to be proud of my heritage and not ashamed of it.
It is important for me to educate myself.
It is important that I become financially independent.
It is important that I make a success of my life as the responsibility to work hard is not only to myself, but to my people.
It is important for me to occupy male dominated and white dominated spaces.
It is important for me to be a role model, mentor and supporter of other brown girls.
I do not set myself up as an opponent of white girls and boys. I just recognize that my experience of the world and my struggle is significantly different because of the colour of my skin in this racialized society.
I support the empowerment of all women.
I support the empowerment of all people of colour.
I specifically support the empowerment of women of colour.