Published on 3/16/2009

All too many people make the mistake of assuming that we are limited in scope from our lifestyles to our personal interests. Despite popular belief, Black women epitomize multiplicity in a vast array of forms, which continually defy long held stereotypes. Here’s a look of some of the many factors that blow some of those archaic labels right out of the water.

Just because we’re Black doesn’t mean:

  • We can’t enjoy music that plays on non-Black radio stations.
  • Issues of animal rights or environmental preservation aren’t of paramount interest to us.
  • We don’t watch shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm or Arrested Development and the Colbert Report.
  • We can’t be outdoorsy types.
  • One should assume that we are unwed with children.
  • We don’t engage in extreme or winter weather sports.
  • We don’t love cats.
  • Don’t embrace religions other than Islam or Christianity.
  • Independent films are off limits.
  • That we don’t find men from other nationalities sexy.
  • That we’re not interested in traveling to far away places like Fiji, Vietnam, or Bali.
  • We are angry, or aggressive, or loose cannons.
  • We can’t have rare or arbitrary tastes in fashion, art or music.
  • That we are obligated to adore Beyonce.
  • We aren’t vegetarians or vegans.
  • We don’t have an interest in the fields of technology, science or engineering.

Clutchettes and gentleman please free to add on to the list!

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