I want to tell her that no matter how complex, what this world needs is truth, solutions and love in action, not just a walled-in conversation of the obvious wrongs. I want to tell her that it doesn’t matter that her hair texture is different than mine or that her complexion being lighter than daddy’s is ok. She is a natural kinkycurly beauty. I want to tell her that her being bilingual is awesome and that she is blessed, beautifuland brilliant. I want to tell her that loving people no matter where they are in life, is what she is called to do and that serving her neighbor is the highest calling in response to serving God. I want to tell her that her smile is the entryway to bringing light to a dark world. I want to tell her that her primary identity is in Christ and that informs her being a strong AfroLatina (or as she says it: “blackominican”). No one can take that away from her. I want to tell her that there is nothing wrong with her Mommy being Dominican and her Daddy being Black and that no matter what, #love does transcend conflict and historical#cultural #tensions. I want to prepare her for the heartbreak of being in the middle. Not Black enough. Not Latina enough. And certainly, Not White. But to stand firm and #unapologetically in her #uniqueness and #individuality. God made her a QUEEN for such a time as this. Elsa got nothing on her! I want to tell her to allow her spirit to flourish and her creativity to flow in the face of those trying to drown it. I want to tell her that when she needs to cry, she isn’t weak for doing so, but to use those tears to propel her to purpose and power in Him. I want to tell her that her #laughter is contagious and her beauty is soul, not just skin deep. I want to tell her that all of who makes her who she is: her dreams, thoughts, feelings, joy, pain, desires, flaws, imperfections…her life…matters. I want her to know that she is fearfully and wonderfully made.
Intentionally. Powerfully. Beautifully, Zinai.
And so, I will. With every fiber of my being for as long as God allows me to. I will tell her… Rather, I will show her. My prayer today.