In a four-minute video she posted Monday to Instagram, Kayla Nicole shared an open letter dubbed “Dear Black Girl” to her more than 724,000 followers. Before reading the letter, Nicole shared that “it’s always been really important for me to use my platform not to creation ivision but to elevate and unite women, Black women specifically.”
“Dear Black girl, they may call you a traitor for falling in love. You’ll hope the ones closest will protect you, but you will quickly find out that people don’t protect what they don’t value,” she says looking directly into the camera. “They’ll say you’re too much, too provocative, too boisterous, too outspoken. And in the same breath tell you you’re not enough.
Not successful enough, not wholesome enough, maybe not even intelligent enough. They’ll say you deserve the backlash and embarrassment. Because of your blackness you should have known better. They’ll even try to tie your value to your net worth.”“My truth, trauma, and vulnerability are a relatable part of the human experience. I know I’m not alone, and I want to make sure you know that you’re not either. On days when I feel most inadequate, I have to remind myself that I am, have been, and will always be more than enough.”