Written by: Admin_SheEvo
As a black person, I carry a weight that has been passed down from generation to generation. This weight is called the “black tax.” A long history of racial unfairness and economic inequality has taught me that it is my job to support my extended family and community financially. Even though this duty comes from love and unity, I have come to understand that breaking free from this generational curse is necessary for my own growth, empowerment, and long-term success.
The “black tax” is a complicated thing that is part of who I am as a person and what I expect from society. As a child, I saw what my parents and grandparents went through to help family members and make the neighborhood a better place. They taught me how important it is to work together and look out for each other. But I also saw how this responsibility sometimes got in the way of their own goals and limited their chances to move up.
As I started out on my own, I could feel the weight of this duty to my ancestors. I was split between wanting to help my family and friends and putting my own growth and health first. The circle seemed to go on forever, and I understood that breaking free from this curse passed down from generation to generation was important for my own freedom.
The “black tax” has deep roots that are tied to past injustices that have hurt black communities for hundreds of years. From slavery and immigration to racial prejudice and economic inequality, the effects of these wrongs still affect our lives today. But knowing this past is not an excuse to keep doing the same thing over and over again. Instead, it is a call to action to break out of the loop.
Breaking the “black tax” loop takes a change in mindset—a conscious effort to question long-held views and rethink our roles in our families and communities. Solidarity and support are still very important, but there needs to be a balance that allows people to grow and become financially independent.
Getting rid of this genetic curse is all about giving people more power. By fighting for equal access to schooling, jobs, and social services, we can give black communities the tools they need to be self-sufficient. This gives us the power to make our own decisions, but it also gives our loved ones the power to make their own decisions.
It is important to talk to family members honestly about the stresses and demands that come with the “black tax.” Setting clear limits and working to understand each other can lead to a healthier relationship in which support is offered freely and with care for each other’s goals.
As I start my journey to get rid of the “black tax,” I realize that I don’t have to go through it alone. It is a group effort that brings together black people who want to be independent and decide for themselves. Together, we can change our roles in our families and communities, preparing the way for a future where the burden of “black tax” is replaced by a shared sense of purpose and wealth.
Breaking the “black tax” curse that has been passed down from generation to generation is a powerful act of self-love and strength. It’s a statement that we have the right to choose our own paths and that our success doesn’t depend on carrying the weight of the past. By breaking out of this circle, we respect the sacrifices of our ancestors and pave the way for a truly free and prosperous future for ourselves and future generations.