"But honestly though...
If you hate Cardi, you hate yourself because underneath this veil of dictated modesty and taught oppressive respectability, we are all Cardi.
If there was no system staring in our faces, constantly reiterating to us that our AAVE was “ghetto”, our long nails were inappropriate, our colorful hairstyles were a distraction and our demeanor was intimidating we would all be Cardi.
• all whilst using our vernacular and Black girl aesthetics as props but this aint about that right now •
If you weren't afraid of being rejected, if you weren't afraid of being talked about, if you weren't afraid of standing out like an orange tic-tac in a pack of white...you would be Cardi.
Cardi is you at home with your girls, locked behind closed doors being your truest self. And Cardi is a reminder that you camouflage for love. You want Cardi to sit down and be quiet because she is a harsh reminder that even with doing all that you have done to conform and follow the rules, this loud mouthed ratchet gutta ball hoodrat from the projects just made history being who she is and you cant fake it enough to get a call back.
And regardless of what you feel Cardi is or how you feel she should “identify” as, the indisputable fact is that she is a non-#6f woman who grew up along side other “underdog” low-income Black and Brown girls. In the same hoods. Running the same streets. Dealing with the same trash from a society who had already determined who she was going to be because of where she is from before she even knew who she was. Cardi was never SUPPOSE to make it. She was suppose to die where she was. She was never suppose to make it out. And not only did she make it out, she came in like a got damn wrecking ball and took the entire world by storm. Unsuspectingly...
You should be proud.
But I get it though.
You hate Cardi for doing what you don't have the courage to do.
And do the work."