To the fourth grade teacher who did nothing but be black, beautiful, and a woman,
I decided to write you a letter through a media outlet because I know you’ve been receiving a lot of negative attention through other websites. I also hear that because of the attention you’ve been getting that you’ve also been reprimanded by your school. I hope that’s not true, but if it is than I’m sorry. I’d like to say that all of the attention you’ve been receiving is because of what you’re wearing, but I’m afraid it’s so much deeper than that.
You see the internet has exposed everyone’s inner need to be heard and validated. Even if they say “I’m gonna do me, and f*** what y’all think.” People are posting in hopes that someone else with the same attitude will also understand and like what they’ve said, because if it’s met with no response at all, they’ll end up feeling worse. However the internet age is also great because everyone has a chance to be heard and make something of themselves, which is a big reason why these justice movements are becoming so strong. But as social media has grown people have begun to react more emotionally to news than rationally.
They don’t give themselves a chance to truly think about what they’re going to say. They simply blurt out the first thing that comes to mind, and even if they’re wrong they’ll defend themselves because that’s how they felt at the time.
It’s often their opinion on someone else’s opinion and whoever is the loudest ends up being the voice of reason. So someone’s personal opinion has now become a fact. That’s what you’re dealing with, the fact that opinions are now facts.
Despite what people’s pictures and statuses say, a lot of people are not happy with their lives and they know that things can be better, but instead of trying to figure out how to better themselves, they’d much rather crap on someone else. There is no way that you should be going through the ridicule that you’re experiencing. But because people would much rather be angry and opinionated, than rational critical thinkers you’re now the face of how teachers should be dressed.
To be honest with you, I was just as focused on the 60 inch flat screen TV I saw in the classroom (All I had was the tube TV on the rolling cart).
I just wanted to write this letter to you in hopes that you won’t feel as though everyone is turning on you. You’re a curvy, gorgeous woman and there is nothing wrong with that.
Keep pushing for greatness, and always stay positive. People love to drag someone down.
Tis’ All, I’m Out
– Little King.