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#Lesigh.

Fresh off of one of the best weekends ever for Black women, some Twitter users found a way to blow our collective high. Yesterday, the trending topic, “#thingsblackgirlsdo,” reared it’s ugly, stereotype-fueled head and made us wonder why Black women are always on the receiving end when Twitter attacks.

First Lil Duval’s tasteless meme, #itaintrape brought the goons out, and now this. I admit, I was afraid to click on the topic because I already knew it wouldn’t be pretty. For all of its good, the interwebs have served as sort of an asshole meet-up, and when topics like this surface, they come out in droves.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Twitter. I love that it’s allowed me to meet some of the most amazing, creative, and intelligent people from around the world. But even my extraordinary timeline couldn’t shield me from the foolishness of #thingsblackgirlsdo.

When #thingsblackgirlsdo surfaced yesterday morning, I braced myself for the inevitable: stereotypes on steroids. I was hoping that at least some of the things would be comical. Perhaps there’d be something about Black girls being loud, or Black girls giving brothas the side-eye, or even Black girls and our hair. But I wasn’t ready for the vitriol hurled at Black women.

According to most of the #thingsblackgirlsdo tweets, I’m not a Black girl at all. I’ve never had to go looking for a baby daddy, or used welfare checks to buy shoes. I’ve also never blamed the alleged shortage of “good” Black men on White women, or started a fight with another woman just because somebody smudged my Pumas.

I know, I know. Some of you will say, “Who cares what people say on Twitter!” But the truth is, we should care.

With nearly 25% of all Twitter users being Black, it both sickens and saddens me that these types of memes are allowed to blow up. Instead of using our collective voices to speak up on important issues, some of us spend our days participating in self-hating foolishness. And what’s worse? A lot folks chiming in on #thingsblackgirlsdo were Black women (Where is Dave Chappelle and his racial draft when we need him? There are definitely some folks I’d like to trade).

Clutchettes, we can talk about Black men or the media or the boogeyman degrading us all day long, but when are WE going to stop jumping in and taking each other down? Because, let’s face it, if we stood up, celebrated our sisterhood a little more fiercely, and let them know we ain’t having it, something would have to change.

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  • Reketta

    In reponse to the black women contributing to the tweet, we are socially conditioned to put each other down. Not only because of our race but because we are women. There is the idea of human nature and fighting each other for survival but this was thousands of years ago. We no longer have to fight each other; my only remorse is that women who read this article aren’t the ones who need to change.

  • BFS

    Kema,I agree that responding with a positive topic about Black Girls & women is a good idea. Reketta, my sista you hit the nail right on the head. Black girls are conditioned from a very early age to put each other down, insult each other, not support each other, and basically flat-out hate each other. Thus you have generation after generation of Black girls who have learned to hate themselves become Black women who hate themselves. This can only be combated by Black women learning to love and support one another and in turn teaching our precious young Black girls to do the same. And for those men who truly love Black women and girls, you can help in eliminating this ugly epidemic of self-hate in the Black female collective too.

  • shakarah

    on word sad

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