Yesterday, I was wandering through the web (we often do that don't we?) I came across a story on a news website. The story was on black models being shunned in the modeling industry. The story was balanced in terms of sources etc. I then went on to read the readers' comments...and wow! It surprises me that there is still so much hate going on the world. It hurts that there are some people out there who still believe that one can be classified as "ugly" "dumb" and other demeaning descriptions because of the colour of their skin. I thought being racist belongs to the medieval ages. How wrong i was! I was angry. But then I told myself I am getting worked up because of some ignorant people airing their views...

We are approaching 16 days of activism - how many girls out there are being discriminated not only because they are women but also because they are black? Have you ever stopped to think of this double burden that some girls and women carry? I am not suggesting that my dear white sisters do not go through the same hell. Ofcourse they do.

Its time girls stand up and say - i am young, gifted - and black!

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Hi Emy,

Welcome to PulseWire. We are thrilled to have you as a new member in our thriving community of women who are lifting their voices in the name of empowerment and connecting across borders to make positive change for women everywhere!

I love that you are a proud, young and gifted black woman! Discrimination and prejudice are things that I cannot tolerate. It is unfathomable that these acts and mindsets still exist today. So we must continue to break these barriers. I am your white sister and I do not go through the same kind of discrimination that you our other black sisters do, but I do feel discrimination as a woman and from my experiences living in other cultures and societies, I have witnessed so much discrimination based on many other factors like religion, social status or heritage. You're right, it must stop now!

I hope that you will continue to write about important issues like this in your journal. Think of your journal as a blog, where you can speak your mind and reach an audience of over 3000 women and supporters of women's initiatives. I think that you will find PulseWire to be an exciting place to garner support, make connections and share your story!

Perhaps you'd like to join the Zimbabwe Cafe, a collaborative and safe discussion forum for you to share your thoughts, ideas, struggles, and emotions surrounding Zimbabwe.

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Check it out!

Cheers, Jade

Online Community Manager World Pulse