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"We all were created equally…"

So, why aren’t we treated as such?


You Say, We Say, They Say
You say Black is Beautiful but you diss me on the internet because of my dark toneYou say Black is Beautiful but because I’m light skinned I have less flawsYou say Black is Beautiful but you say I’m pretty… for a dark-skinned girlYou say Black is Beautiful and you put your fist in the air while at the same time beating me downbecause you claim a dark skin woman can take a beating betterYou say Black is Beautiful but you see no problem with those in the media disrespecting dark skinned femalesYou say Black is Beautiful but only if I’m dark enough to be called exoticYou say Black is Beautiful but your actions show that you hate black, and don’t want to be black
You say Black is Beautiful but if I’m light skinned I’ll cheat on youYou say Black is Beautiful but you place yourself as a second-class citizenYou say Black is Beautiful but your negative perceptions mirror those who enslaved usYou say Black is Beautiful but you chose me strictly based on my lighter toneYou say Black is Beautiful but then why does it matter how I wear my hairYou say Black is Beautiful but you don’t know what true beauty isYou say Black is Beautiful but the definition of it is affected by those in the mediaYou say Black is Beautiful but I don’t buy it.
You don’t think you’re beautiful. You don’t think you’re handsome. I don’t know if you think at all.
You don’t have to speak these words for me to know themI was raised by a black mother. A black father. And no, their shade does not matter to me.I guess sometimes I laughAt our people. Our ignorance. Our arrogance.Sometimes it’s better than crying.Words without meaning, you’ve muddied the imageI was told I was beautiful for being meI was told black is beautiful because of our historyI was told black is beautiful because of our struggleI was told black is beautiful because of the legend we as a people embodyI was told black is beautiful for all shadesI was told black defines itself, but never forgets where it came fromI was told a lot of things about being blackEveryone has their own opinions
You say Black is Beautiful?I live it.
-Deana Bolumbu

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An Indian woman, a Japanese woman, and a Syrian woman, all training to be doctors at Women’s Medical College of Philadelphia, 1880s. (Image courtesy Legacy Center, Drexel University College of Medicine Archives, Philadelphia, PA. Image #p0103) (x)

The Indian woman, Dr. Anandi Gopal Joshi, was the first Indian woman to earn a degree in Western medicine, and also believed to be the first Hindu woman to set foot on American soil.
The Japanese woman, Dr. Kei Okami, was the first Japanese woman to obtain a degree in Western Medicine.
The Syrian woman is Dr. Sabat Islambooly.  Her name is spelled incorrectly on that photograph. 
For those interested, here’s more information on other women of color who attended and graduated from Women’s Medical College of Philadelphia in the past, with a focus on the Japanese-American women they accepted during the US WW2 internment of Japanese-Americans.

The Motto.