Some of you will never understand the amount of skill needed to be cordial to people you genuinely do not like. And I am not talking about being the "bigger person". But navigating life as a Black woman in any systematically racist environment. There is no medal, no trophy, no badge, no parade …. it is just a known, unknown skill set that many of us have, extensively use, and sometimes despise. It is deeper than "grin and bear it", and more hidden than, "seeing the glass half full". It helps us survive, pushes fear to the side and helps us move forward with our own purpose. Being cordial in a systemically racist environment takes skill...but is it necessary?
In honor of the Tokyo Olympics (that just ended yesterday), I would like to personally recognize those of us that have mastered the skill of being cordial in the worse situations. We are all deserving of gold medals and will forever be in first place.