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For with [YeHoVaH] nothing is impossible. ~ Luke 1:37
I’m invisible. I am unseen but only because most of America’s men and women refuse to see me. Furthermore, far too many of the world’s inhabitants refuse to see me because to them I really do not exist.
The world’s dominant cultures’ imposed stereotypes are why I am invisible. As a result, I am easily misunderstood, disrespected, and loathed.
I was six years old when I first realized I was undetectable. Now, my invisibility was not the result of a sleight-of-hand trick. No sorcerer’s prestidigitation could ever be responsible for the seven decades of exclusion and marginalization. My hiddenness, therefore, would need more than a waved magic wand or a verbal summons to make me visible.
For the record, feeling invisible is a common phenomenon for black women. The dominant culture in America has always disregarded or devalued black women’s ancestors’ unique traits and talents – especially those that did not reflect privileged Whites’ ideal human images. Many Whites hid black women’s assumed conflicting identities and collective worth behind the cloak of psychological invisibility – their imposed stereotypes. When black women’s ancestors realized that their real personalities, as well as their incomparable abilities and talents, were hidden, each individual woman developed an inner intuition – a sixth sense – that was activated whenever any dominant culture used its invisibility barriers.
It is 2022. Unfortunately, the more things change, the more they remain the same.
Sadly, I remain invisible to certain people. This truth is why I am thankful for my sixth sense. Because I know with YeHoVaH all things are possible, I let Him take control of my life. He gives me a psychological resilience (mental fortitude) that daily helps me handle life’s challenging invisibility barriers while hoping this world’s dominant cultures will soon choose to accept, understand, respect, and love my true identity and worth.