Black Girls are Taught to be Silent - Says Author Kiarra Boulware, Announces Book Release Event
Every morning the world wakes up and checks the news to have a quick peek at the current affairs of the world. Almost everything gets covered but there is one topic that fails to get major coverage. Almost from the age of 12-17, suicide rates among black girls have alarmingly increased in the last decade. And sadly journalists haven't been able to cover that as much as they cover other cases of anxiety and depression.
East Baltimore native Kiarra has been working on this theme for quite some time, gathering information about the same as the community speaks up. As the people of color face one atrocity after another, the silence of black girls is one of those issues which doesn't get spoken about a lot.
Accordingly, she says that journalists who have covered these stories report that most parents are reluctant to allow them to talk to their daughters alone. The journalist's theory includes the possibility that the parents being present keeps the child from being completely honest. However, the black girls who journalists are granted permission to speak with alone, aren't forthcoming either.
"A close friend of mine's opinion is that black girls are taught to be strong, enduring, and resilient. Therefore, if they discuss the things that are bothering them, it will make them feel vulnerable, which goes against what they believe. Respectfully, I disagree."as quoted by Author Kiarra Boulware.
The author also adds that black girls have been taught to stay silent and that ensures the deep secrets of families. Every other minute one black girl is suffering by experiencing life-changing traumas like sexual abuse, physical assault, peer pressure, favoritism, and this list only keeps getting longer. The mission of this book is to shun the abuse and make life a little easier by letting all black girls know that they aren't alone and there is always hope.
This event is a platform for brave black women to share their stories to help produce strength and hope in others. They will radiate open-mindedness while experiencing healing and unity. They will discover that they are more alike than they are different. This book, series, and event are aimed toward black girls aged 13 and above, although it is open to people of all ages, genders, and races.
To get tickets, head to: www.KiarraWrites.com