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Payton Reed: Black Armour

The plights that plague black women are like no other; on a daily basis, we deal with the intersections of racism and sexism in a multitude of environments that include but are not limited to the workplace, the media, in school systems, or just walking down the street. In spite of the challenges we face, we fiercely protect our community and culture even, yet one question remains: who is protecting us? Who rallies behind us in the streets when our bodies, hair, skin and beauty are being objectified? I’ve come to the realization that we are not damsels in distress but queens, so we must fix our crowns and protect ourselves at all costs. This is our armor.