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Do you know how strong you have to be to make a black woman smile? Do you have any idea what an accomplishment that is? 'Cause she has borne the weight of this country on her back for four hundred years. She has been carrying the load of America in her belly since its infancy. She has been carrying the load of unassisted husbandless child rearing since the 1600's. Have you any idea how much strength it takes to put a smile on her face? You need the strength of Samson, the nerve of Joshua and the courage of David facing Goliath, cause she has cultivated in her womb the marvel of the universe only to have her hopes and dreams aborted and her aspirations show up dead arrival. She has given birth to kings and queens and delivered on her majestic promise, only to see her children kidnapped and sold to a criminal with no respect for her royalty. If you can make a black woman smile you are a miracle worker. Imagine breastfeeding your child in Virginia and having him snatched from your arms, branded, and then hijacked to Louisiana and publicly fondled on a New Orleans auction block. If the memory of that pain was lock bound in your DNA would you be smiling? If you breast fed someone else's child only to watch her grow old enough to call you darkie, pickanny and nappy headed jigaboo you wouldn't be smiling either. If you can make a black woman smile you have done something. If you can make her smile you are stronger than atlas, cause God knows she has been. She has been raped, ravaged, and scorned and nearly annihilated . She has been pimped and pummeled and stoned and deliberately depreciated. She has cooked and cleaned and sewn and never been compensated. She has been forced to watch the offspring of her loins mangled and maligned across centuries. Her character has been continuously smeared assassinated over and over, again, and again, and again. You ever thought about how strong you have to be just to be a black woman? She has had to make brick without straw after being stripped of all of her customs, all her culture and all her traditions. No other woman in the history of the civilized world has gone through what she has gone through. No other being on the planet has endured what she has endured. She has been chastised, criticized, demonized and terrorized. She has had to stand when her man was bull whipped for trying to stand. She has had to stand when her man was castrated for trying to stand. She has had to stand when her man was hung by his neck for trying to stand. She has to carry her man because every time he tried to carry himself he was murdered for trying to do so. Ask Betty Shabbaz about Malcolm, ask Coretta Scott King about Martin, ask Emmit Tills mother. If you can make a black woman smile you have achieved something. Since 1619 when we came in chains the entire worlds been messing with her brain. Disrespecting her calling her out of her main and she's tired just plain Fannie Lou tired. Tired of being called b words and h words and n words, and other words and everything except a child of God that she is. But the one thing in this world that will make a black woman smile is her man, a real man. If you are doing what you are supposed to do she will smile. She will smile regularly and gladly so man up my brother, man up and make your woman smile treat her like the queen that she is and recognize this.