Now, when I woke up to tweets of people going OFF about the White Girls Do It Better hashtag, I laughed. Hysterically. For one, it amazes me how privileged people ALWAYS find a way to make sure that their privilege is known.
Secondly, women are always pitted against each other and this antifeminist hashtag ensured that. As a white feminist, if you consider yourself to be one, it’s important to acknowledge how black women receive the short end of the stick in America. Television shows, movies, etc. portray black women as the sassy best friend, the lazy girl, the girl with so much strife in her life that she just doesn’t know what to do until she meets a man who’ll probably just hurt her time and time again. Meanwhile, white women are affirmed with fancy lives and loyal lovers in popular TV shows with covers in magazines like Vogue.
While white women make 78% to a white man’s dollar in their professions, Black women make 64%. White people don’t grow up with a burden of what it’s like to be White in America. So please, save the shit about how not being able to wear an afro and say the n-word was so hard for you growing up.
Black women are rarely portrayed as beautiful and intelligent in mainstream media. If they were trends like “Black Girls Rock” and “Black Girl Magic” wouldn’t be necessary. But as this ignorant hashtag shows they are necessary because again some White women are on a mission to shit on something that was intended to build the confidence of a group of people.
So yes, I will continue to laugh at this hashtag while I sip my tea, pretty and unbothered. Here’s why:
1. Serena Williams
Serena Williams advances to the Wimbledon finals with a dominant 6-2, 6-4 victory over Maria Sharapova. http://t.co/JeTHOBoRHr—
(@SportsCenter) July 09, 2015
Serena Williams whooped Maria Sharapova’s butt for the seventeenth time… in tennis.. a sport that people STILL deem as a white folk’s game.
2. Black Girls Defy Gravity.
You can’t tell me there isn’t something special about a girl whose hair grows towards the sky instead of the ground that we walk on.
3. Melanin – On – Fleek
While non- people of color excite themselves over tans and darkening lotions, Black queens were graced with melanin since birth. Tanning salons and excessive sun exposure aren’t necessary for us. Which leads me to my next topic…
4. Rachel Dolezal
This abomination of a situation would not have happened if Black women didn’t possess some quality of value.
5. let the bunny tell it.
GOTH LORD (@WlZKHALlFA) July 10, 2015
I don’t need to say anything here. Let the bunny tell it.
6. Kylie Jenner
Let’s be real. This girl is obsessed with Black culture. Her family has spends lots of cash on attaining larger butts and bigger breasts while Kylie spent forever lying to the public about temporary lip fillers. Nearly all her Snapchat posts are her lip syncing to rap and hip hop music as well. After posting another picture from this same photoshoot with the caption “What I wished I looked like all the time…”, Jenner posted this as if she didn’t mean that she wished she didn’t have to pay to imitate black beauty…
7. we are educated.
8. We’re carefree.
When I say this, I don’t mean we have no worries in the world. I mean that despite our worries, the ugly pictures painted of us in the media, and our disadvantaged place is society as women AND African-Americans we’re still out here doing the damn thing as writers, lawyers, doctors, and educated people. So while you continue trying to figure out what it is that you’re better at, us pretty brown folk will still be handling business, per usual.
By the way, next time choose a hashtag that we can’t clapback with.