I apologize for all the times you came with an issue and instead of listening, I combatted it with an issue of my own.
I apologize for excusing or dismissing your feelings.
I apologize for every time I justified in my head my own verbal abuse of Black women in the past.
I apologize for every time you told me what bothered you and I argued semantics instead of the real issue at hand.
I apologize for every time I stood idle while witnessing someone else mistreat you.
I apologize for the influence I had over other brothers to perform the same ignorant acts I once performed that outlived my own ignorance.
If you don’t forgive me, I understand.
I promise to try my best to love you better now and in the future.
I could go on and on… I have trespassed so many times against you that I can neither write it all down or ask for forgiveness.
I believe us as Black men sometimes get overwhelmed with our own struggles and injustices we don’t want to hear it from others, even if it is from people who support us the most… Black women.
When we are falsely imprisoned, killed, and/or abused, it is always Black women first on the scene to help.
It is time for us to do better, Black men.
Dedicated to my two Black daughters, my Black wife, and every Black woman.