The internet and it’s influence have come a long way. What once was only the engine behind instant messaging on AOL—better known as AIM—and browsers (that were quite slow at the time) has blossomed into the backbone of mobile applications, iMessaging (which just might be AOL instant messaging reincarnated) and more. It has allowed infinite media creation for users and helped people find new ways to connect with others. But one thing that has not changed since the internet’s creation is it’s ability to ignite love.
To be fair, all sorts of connections spur online, friendships and professional contacts included, but the former examples lack one thing that romantic relationships have on lock: love songs.
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: