Why Black Girls Rock!
As black women, we are faced with a double negative, being black and being woman. We are constantly told that we are not beautiful, yet our features are praised on white women. These were some of key points that were touched on during BET's Black Girls Rock! Award Show.
Thanks to social media, black people have voiced the constant prejudice faced everyday for the color of our skin and in the same breath praising that very thing that defines us. However, the media and many non-blacks on social media have taken our self-love and turned it into supposedly out right hate against them. How does saying #blackgirlmagic and #blackgirlsrock make us racist? How does #blacklivesmatter become anti-police when we are promoting justice against police brutality?
In a recent interview with Elle Magazine, Beyonce spoke about the criticism she faced for her video "Formation" and her 2016 Super Bowl performance, which people called "anti-police."
Well said Beyonce! However, can you believe that these are the many absurd issues we are now facing?!
Award shows such as Black Girls Rock! are created to celebrate us black women who are not normally recognized in the mainstream. These hashtags are reminders of how special we are when the world tries to tell us otherwise.
Just think about how strong we are! Not only are we told that we aren't beautiful because of our features, those same people turn around and praise their people for having the same exact features. To be told that to your face verbally and non-verbally all day everyday and still manage to look at ourselves in the mirror and love ourselves deserves an award!
And if anybody (I say anybody because unfortunately some black people still don't get it) says we don't need to isolate ourselves by promoting the aformentioned hastags and going to HBCUs (which is another topic) because racism doesn't exist anymore, just simply turn on the TV and see what Trump supporters are saying and doing.