Is there a thin line between being a strong black woman or just being plain MEAN?
A person who cannot accept a little pain is insecure on their walk in this life which usually comes off as a mean person where the underlying feelings are usually negative. In our society a quiet person is seen as weak and the loud person is viewed as strong in all actuality the meek and the humble will inherit the earth
Being mean & being strong ate 2 separate things. Being strong is having a plan & sticking to that plan no matter what. I am a strong African woman. I raised 3 children alone. I went back to school. I have attained all of my dreams except having a significant other. Being mean is exercising power not to serve an end but because you know how. Being strong to a person without a plan may seem mean. But that is because others just don’t understand the plan or don’t think the plan is valuable. In our lives, we can not become sidetracked by perfunctory obligations there is too much work to do. In this country we do not have the luxury of behaving without a plan. If we are driven, we are mean. If we are relaxed, we are airheads.
Yes there is definitely! A strong Black woman is assertive, confident, usually educated, and comfortable in her own skin. A mean Black woman is mean for various reasons. No positive male parenting in the home to show her how a woman should be loved and respected; picking the wrong partner to date and/or marry and not realizing the mistake until its too late; not doing research on the man long before she sleeps with him is crazy! Mean is just a knee-jerk reaction. Strong is an asset to any woman’s repertoire.
I am a middle-aged Black male. There seems to be a difference between conducting oneself with dignity and strength and the behaviour on “Basketball Wives” which shows a lack of self-respect and a fair amount of frivolousness.
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