We Are Not on the Same Level: How Black Women Navigate White Mediocrity

I am a polyglot and a polymath. I know many languages, and I have a mastery of many disciplines. I refuse to bow down to white mediocrity.

Too often, Black women are told that we are not on the same level as white people. We are told that we are not smart or talented enough, and that we should be grateful for the scraps that white people give us. This is nonsense.

Black women are some of the smartest and most talented people in the world. We have a wealth of knowledge and experience that is unmatched by any other group. We should be proud of who we are, and we should never let white people tell us otherwise.

I am a Black woman. I am a polyglot and a polymath. And no, I do not humble myself in the face of white mediocrity.

As a Black woman, I am used to being underestimated and dismissed. I am used to being told that I am not good enough, that I am not smart enough, that I am not worthy of attention or respect.

I have learned to navigate white mediocrity by refusing to accept its assumptions and expectations. I refuse to be tokenized or marginalized. I refuse to be reduced to my skin color or my gender.

I am a Black woman, and I am proud of it.

Ambition is a powerful tool. It is what drives us to achieve our goals, to be better than we were yesterday. And it is what allows us to transcend our circumstances.

As a Black woman, I know all too well the power of ambition. I have had to fight for every inch of success that I have achieved, because the deck is stacked against me. I am constantly surrounded by white mediocrity, but I do not let it define me.

I am a polyglot and a polymath. I am not afraid to dream big, because I know that anything is possible if I work hard enough for it. And I refuse to be silenced by those who would seek to limit my potential.

As a polyglot and polymath, I challenge the status quo of white mediocrity. I do not humble myself, and instead, strive to be the best version of myself. Stretching my imagination and flexing my intellectual muscles have become an imperative part of who I am. From literature to technology, art to culture, and mathematics to science, I strive to experience it all.

Though many opportunities are presented to me due to my tremendous intellect and language capabilities, there remain obstacles that I must overcome in order for my voice to be heard among the masses. There are those who may take up space with their own monotonous blabbering simply because they possess the “right skin color or gender.” But that does not stop me from being exactly who I am; a unique individual with a unique perspective striving for excellence in everything I do.

I am a polyglot and a polymath. And no, I do not humble myself in the face of white mediocrity. Instead, I create new spaces for my unique skills and perspectives as a Black woman. My successes inspire other Black women to pursue their passions and refuse to be defined by existing systems that have failed us.

Whether it’s creating a new business, adding value to an existing company or organization or creating art that reflects my background, I refuse to quell my unique skills and talents because they don’t fit neatly into someone else’s box. I am creating and disrupting existing systems, because the status quo has not worked for us.

Despite the obstacles, I have found strength in being a polyglot and a polymath. I refuse to humble myself in the face of white mediocrity. No matter what hateful rhetoric I am subjected to, I continue to show up, take up space, and fight for what I believe in.

I can only control what I do and how I present myself, not how people accept me or acknowledge my successes. In spite of those who have denigrated me and belittled my accomplishments, I know that my hard work speaks volumes, and it will eventually be taken seriously.

As a Black woman, I refuse to accept anything less than excellence. I navigate white mediocrity by relying on my polymath and polyglottal abilities. I am not afraid to stand out and be outstanding. I will not be relegated to the sidelines. I am a force to be reckoned with.