By JAMES BURRMANThe past year has been a struggle for some women.
As a woman of color, I’ve been at the forefront of my community’s struggles with social media, the lack of support, and the way we’re treated by the wider culture.
I’m also one of the first people to speak out on the issue of violence against women.
But I’m also an advocate for other women, including black women, and I’m trying to educate people.
The most important thing to me is to educate myself and to get my community to think about it and take a step back.
It was one of my biggest struggles this past year, because I didn’t feel like I could say that out loud.
I couldn’t articulate what was really happening.
So, instead of saying, ‘I’m sorry, I’m not going to talk about it anymore,’ I was like, ‘OK, I don’t want to say anything because I know it’s not going away.’
I felt like I had to keep quiet because I felt like nobody else wanted to do that.
I felt isolated.
I’ve experienced more than I care to admit in my life.
When I first started out, my life was not very much like it is now.
I was in the same place.
I didn�t really know anyone.
I had a really good relationship with my family.
My parents are not even my parents anymore.
I haven�t seen them in five years.
I’ve lost all my friends.
I�m alone in the house, I�ve never been with a woman.
My father and my mom don�t even know each other.
I was living in a place that was very segregated, and so I was kind of afraid that if I started talking about it, I would be a victim of my own community.
And so I started speaking out about it in the public sphere.
I started a Facebook page, which is the largest page for black women.
It�s now grown to over 20,000 people.
I think that has helped a lot.
When people see me speaking out on this, they start to see that I was not just being a loud voice for myself, but for my community as well.
But when I speak out publicly, people don�T want to hear it.
I don� t want people to feel like, �Oh, this is my fault.
I did nothing wrong.
You should have known better, you should have done something differently.’
I think people are like, You know what?
We all make mistakes.
I am a very good person, and that is a fact.
It just so happens that the mistakes that I make are mine, and they happen because of who I am and my choices.
So it�s like I can say that, and it just doesn�t mean that other people should be able to speak on my behalf.And that�s the reason why I am speaking out.
Because when I’m speaking out, I want people around me to see me as someone who is not the victim.
I want to make sure that the rest of the community knows that, too.Because I�re just like, If you want to do the right thing, don�’t blame yourself.
I know I was never a bad person.
I never did anything bad.
I just want people in my community and other people to know that I am not a bad mother, a bad wife, or a bad partner. And that�re not who I was.
That�s not who you want.
And, you know, it�ll take a lot of work.
You�re going to have to be strong and you are going to need to be persistent.
But if you can do it, then I think it�will happen.
Because this is what I need to say.
I need you to be here.
I can�t say it every day, but I know that people will listen.
If you�re ready, then come.
And if you�ve been waiting, then you�ll be here when I get there.
And I hope you can hear me.