I watched Black Girls Rock! on BET and I can’t describe how great it felt to see Black women of different walks of life being celebrated and honored for achieving and excelling in their careers, communities, and just life in general. It was just what my spirit needed.
Then I went on social media and, of course, ignorant little half-twits are trying (and failing miserably) to dampen our spirits and bring us down once again. “Why isn’t there a White Girls Rock?” Honey, White Girls Rock happens several times a year, you’re just used to calling it by other names such as:
The Video Music Awards
The Billboard Awards
The Country Music Awards
The Academy of Country Music Awards (Yes, there are two awards shows for country music. I don’t know why, either)
The Golden Globe Awards
and just about every other award show on the planet.
Not to mention the fact that over 90% of the shows on TV feature either all-White, or predominately White casts. The next time you’re in the grocery store checkout line or at a news stand, flip through a magazine. Unless the magazine is specifically aimed at a Black audience, like Ebony, Essence, Jet, or Black Enterprise, 90%+ of the models in the advertisements are going to be White and light-skinned people of color. Not only are these individuals White or damn near White, they’re also overwhelmingly cisgender, heterosexual, able-bodied, and the women are always feminine (there’s nothing wrong with being feminine, but there is something wrong with believing that women have to be feminine). As 2013 Black Girls Rock! “Shotcaller” Award winner Mara Brock Akil said tonight:
“In media, when you see yourself, it’s a validation that you’re here.”
Black women are here. We have always been here. We’re not going anywhere, so get used to it. And we’re not taking any of your shit either.
For all the people out there faux crying about “discrimination” and “reverse racism” because there’s not a “White Girls Rock”, I want to know a few things: what is it about Black women having any sense of self-esteem or self-worth that feels so threatening to you? That’s an honest question. Why are you so upset and troubled by Black women being celebrated for achievements and accomplishments in a three hour program that airs once a year, on a television station that you don’t even watch?