To see that twitter and snap chat are overrun with the #WhiteGirlsDoitBetter had me bewildered at first. I read an awful lot of the tweets and saw that what has started as something from a “White Girl” had blown up in her face. It became something that people who are not white were all retagging and putting in their own thoughts and reminders of how well People of Colour are doing.
This Tag didn’t just offend African-Americans, it offended Black people around the world, including our own Aboriginal People. Reading the tweets it offended people who are Latino, Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern and Native American.
The reason apparently by reading some of the tweets was to empower White Women, well that’s not empowering if you are raising yourself up at the expense of other women.
The supporters showed pictures of Iggy Azalea, Taylor Swift and others, but for every picture they posted, the reply was to show pictures of the same people and how they have appropriated “Black Culture” to help them get ahead. Which let’s be honest, is not really good. If you don’t have that cultural background you should tread carefully and make sure that what you are doing is culturally appropriate. For example the constant usage of Native American jewellery and Head Dress at Coachella and other stunts to bring the media to pay attention.
But overall bringing down women who are not white to make your self feel better shows how much privilege you have that you don’t even understand that what you are saying is demeaning. This is totally different to Black Pride, which is about being proud of who you are, not at the expense of running down other races, it’s about sharing the knowledge and recognising the past and paying tribute to those who have brought us to where we are today. It’s also about maintaining pride in your race and not losing yourself to the modern traps of life.
I think every girl does it better is a much more powerful cry, all women together to help each other, to stand side by side. To help stop, rape, child molestation, prison incarceration. To also make the feminist movement actually realise that we are not all white middle class. Yep I have a few problems with the feminist movement they don’t include other cultures and totally ignore LGBTQI.
But back to the point, with all the problems in the world this is just adding fuel to the fire of racism.