In an article penned exclusively for The Root, Black Girls Rock! founder Beverly Bond is responding for the first time to the #WhiteGirlsRock hashtag and racial controversy that became a trending topic on Twitter during the Black Girls Rock! broadcast.
During the show’s broadcast, the Twitterverse, particularly white women, got themselves in quite the tizzy, claiming the movement of black girls rocking was discriminatory because if “White Girls Rocked” it would be considered racist.
In the article, Bond expresses her shock and disappoint on the issue, writing:
When I heard about the “#whitegirlsrock” hashtag that trended on Twitter, my immediate reaction was, “Well, duh! Of course white girls rock. Are they unaware?” White women’s beauty, talent, diversity and worldly contributions are affirmed everywhere: on billboards, on television, in magazines and in textbooks.
Bond goes on to write:
As a humanist, I believe that we all rock. My issue is that the commentary that followed the “#whitegirlsrock” hashtag was not even about affirming dynamic white women. Instead, it was about critiquing or even punishing black women for having the nerve, the audacity and the unmitigated gall to love and affirm ourselves!
…It’s insulting and quite nervy for a social media mob to attack a platform that affirms positive images of black women and girls in an attempt to belittle a movement that uplifts and celebrates our lives and legacies—yet to also remain silent about the plethora of damaging media messages directed toward black women and to blatantly ignore the social issues that black people endure.