GET YOUR FOOT OFF MY NECK

A memoir and lessons learned of a Black Girl Creative

by Ola Morin-Muhammed

Available on Amazon February 2020

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

-Toni Morrison

I read a Facebook conversation some time ago between some of my industry colleagues. Somebody had jokingly expressed that this year wouldn’t just be the year of winning, it would be the year of “stepping on throats.” The comment was met with excitement, enthusiasm, and encouragement—but it struck me as a peculiar thing to say. Why would you joke about something like that? Do they even understand what they were saying?

The main idea behind stepping on someone’s throat is deliberate cruelty. You’re putting yourself in a forceful, dominating position above another person, who’s already vulnerable, subjugating them in the process. In other words, you’re knowingly oppressing them. As someone who has experienced that kind of cruelty, oppression, and aggression in so many different ways throughout my life, it bothered me to the core. It bothered me particularly to hear it come from the mouths of the same people who fall victim to that same oppression. On the other hand, I understand and it is sadly unfortunate; internalized racism or self-hatred is prevalent, especially within my community. 

I understood that the comments on Facebook were the idle talk among colleagues. Still, that “stepping on throats” mentality seems to be the thinking of the world these days. With that in mind, I chose the title of my book very intentionally. 

This book is about a resilient little girl who grew up to be a woman who prevailed regardless of those who tried stepping on her neck. It is also a call-to-action for people who share the same ideologies as I do. To those who choose to do the right thing, in fairness and with integrity. It is a rare attribute to possess, but we do exist.

If you are a woman and especially if you are a woman of color reading this, I want you to know that I want us all to shine. I want us to know our worth, I want us to recognize our magic and spread-out wings, advocate for one another, and displaying our colors as proudly as peacocks. My hopes are to empower and inspire. Teach and share lessons that made me who I am today.  

There are 7 things you’ll get from this book:

1. Feel encouraged and uplifted; you’re not alone.

2. Know your worth and don’t settle for less.

3. Believe that Karma is faithful and the universe will fight your battles for you.

4. Stop crying over spilled milk.

5. Life is short and death is inevitable. Don’t wait, just do it!

6. Understand the power of being irreplaceable.

7. Choose integrity above all because stepping on necks has consequences.

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