Review: Thick: And Other Essays
Author: Tressie McMillan Cottom
“Black girls and black women are problems. That is not the same thing as causing problems. We are social issues to be solved, economic problems to be balanced, and emotional baggage to be overcome.”
Wow. Wow. These essays have floored me in the best possible way. Being a black woman who was once a black girl, I found myself present in these pages, I found heart beat through these words. So many thoughts and feelings were articulated in a way that I never could have imagined.
“Fixing my feet became a way of life for me, an undercurrent of thousands of messages that form the subconscious playlist of our identity. It plays alongside other whispers like, “work twice as hard” and “keep your legs closed” and “don’t talk to strangers” and “don’t be a stranger” and remember who you are and where you came from.”
I’m sitting on my floor still in awe of these pages, of this book. Ugh! I loved it so much!
Until next time, Until the next book.