You may have noticed the entire “Black Girls Rock” movement. Isn’t it AWESOME….or is it? What IS Black Girls Rock? Well according to the website http://www.blackgirlsrockinc.com/
Black Girls Rock is "501(c)3 non-profit youth empowerment and mentoring organization established to promote the arts for young women of color, as well as to encourage dialogue and analysis of the ways women of color are portrayed in the media" (Black Girls Rock Inc.). Black Girls Rock has a television show that comes on the BET channel (I have a strong dislike for all things BET.... But that is another story!).
I am definitely a Black woman who used to be a black girl. I have three daughters and one granddaughter who are black girls and I definitely believe that all of them TOTALLY ROCK. I have no problem with telling black girls that they rock. However, I do have a problem when your enforcement of one disrespects, insults, or downplays another.
The Black Girls Rock movement, is supposed to empower, uplift, inspire, and foster positive self-esteem in black girls. It is supposed to combat the negative images of black people in the media and society. And I totally understand the logic behind this and I absolutely agree that they need to be uplifted, motivated, and need their self-esteem bolstered. My issue is that in order to make black girls feel good about themselves it is not necessary to make all other girls feel less about themselves. And even though that is NOT the intent of the show, how can you say that other little girls who are NOT black feel good about this??
Black Girls Rock has an annual television award ceremony, they have posters, t-shirts, and a website. The movement and organization is huge! And I love that they are going all out to make girls feel great about themselves. Letting girls know that they have the ability to do and accomplish AWESOME, MIGHTY, and EXTRAORDINARY things! However, does this mean that Hispanic girls, White girls, Indian girls, Asian girls, or girls of all other nationalities and races DO NOT ROCK? I strongly believe that ALL GIRLS need to have people telling them that they are beautiful and full of potential. All girls need people telling them that they can do all things through Christ who strengthens them. All girls need to know that with proper education, resources, and opportunities they can achieve and accomplish AWESOME THINGS!
Oh but I guess because we are black we are entitled to do black things that ALIENATE all others because ….
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