Quick Jada posts:
Jada Pinkett has disappointed us all. After attending BET’s Black Girls Rock! event only a few days ago, she posted this statement, accompanied a picture of her sculpted body in work out clothes, to her Facebook profile:
The young thunder kittens aren’t thee only ones that have it going on because we seasoned women ain’t play’n. There’s a whole lot of us too. I see you Taraji;) Let’s go get it!
Let’s all go get it. Not only do Black Girls Rock!…all girls rock!!!
Trying to appease White folks much, Jada?
Though it cannot be denied that “all girls rock”, the entire purpose of the event was to celebrate and showcase Black girlhood and accomplishment because Black girls are far too frequently marginalized and underrepresented in the media and by society, at large. Per the organization’s website:
BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc. is a 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.
Who took issue with the purpose of the award show and declaration that Black girls rock? White people.
After the event, White folk came out in droves proclaiming the event was “divisive” and promoted racism. They even went so far as to start a “#whitegirlsrock” hashtag in an attempt to delegitimize and undermine the entire point of the ceremony. I suppose some of these sentiments were brought to Jada’s attention and she felt the best way to respond was to participate in the very same diminishment spearheaded by Whites in retaliation to the public display of the celebration of Black girlhood/womanhood.
It is hard to understand why Black people feel the need to constantly include others, despite the reality that White society will continuously and consistently bar them from access to many spaces, unapologetically. Was it really worth earning few brownie points with White people for Jada?
As the mother of a beautiful, Black girl who will have to fight for her position in the world as a woman of color, Jada Pinkett should know that those same people whose feelings she rushed to protect with “inclusion” will often not do the same for her or her Black daughter–who, by the way, happens to be a Black girl that rocks.
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