Taraji P. Henson thinks the term is far more problematic than most people realize.
“It dehumanizes our pain. It belittles our tears. It belittles our pain. We’re supposed to be able to watch our brothers and sons and fathers get murdered in the street but we can take it because we’re strong. We can deal with it, we can handle it, and that’s just not true. We’re not fairies. We don’t magically rebound from pain. We hurt and suffer just like others. People need to be very careful with that term. Strength is in being vulnerable, and that’s what I want my people to understand. The strength is in being vulnerable and being honest with yourself and saying, you know what, I’m scared right now. Or, I honestly don’t know what to do right now,”