Sometimes Silence Is Failure
“ In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
We have all heard that silence is powerful. And it is! Yet, this could be positive or negative, depending on the situation. Often silence is used when words can't be said or as an obligation to prevent chaos. But silence can hinder progress when we remain silent around injustice. We must be willing to speak up and address the issue. We live in a world where much is being said but little has substance. It is up to leaders to speak the truth.
As we are nearing the end of 2022, I contemplate the Gen-Z black girl. I think of how remaining silent represents a risk. It is time to speak on developing young black ladies. Immediate strategies are needed to help them manage their destiny. They are tackling mental health issues that are not being addressed. Mainly because so many people who can make a difference are remaining silent. In addition, to all the other problems that Gen-Zs face, black girls are dealing with adultification, racism, and violence. The suicide rate for black girls rose 182% from 2001 to 2017 (Price & Khubchandani, 2019). Nonetheless, we remain silent.
As a leader, I challenge all leaders to use their voices to assist the most vulnerable group of young people. Your voice is a powerful tool regardless of race, gender, or ethnic group. Diverse perspectives from a community of caring people are needed. With the pandemic and social injustice, Gen Z black girls have experiences unlike any of us have ever seen. Speaking up for them creates a better future for them and us.
As a black woman, I encourage you to speak to the personal development of black girls. EVERYONE's voice is needed. We fail to protect and help those who depend on us by not using our voices. Our voice can impact their future. Just imagine if people worldwide started speaking up for the black girl. It would lead to significant changes. Every person has a voice, and it can't be taken away. It is a voice that can speak against injustice…if you hear otherwise…Slay What Ya Hear! Your voice is essential!