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“I grew up learning how to protect men who hate me.” “These black girls need to watch out, ’cause white girls is winning.”

Two college students recently set a national spoken word event on fire with their words for Black men who hate Black women.

Crystal Valentine and Aaliyah Jihad’s poem, To Be Black and Woman and Alive, speaks about how some the negative treatment Black women receive at the hands of Black men.

“I grew up learning how to protect men who hate me … learned how to be the revolution spit-shining their spines,” the poets recited.

Which is exactly the same sentiments expressed by Black women who have to deal with misogyny from the same men they stand up for and fight for.

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