First Lady, Michelle ObamaAs a proud Black woman, I must admit being uncomfortable with the title name “Black Girls Rock.”  Yes, I agree, some of us rock and so do “some” Asian girls, Latino girls, Caucasian girls and so on.  

The recent controversy surrounding our First Lady, Michelle Obama’s attendance at the 2015 “Black Girls Rock” awards has me a bit empathetic.

For one, Mrs. Obama is a highly accomplished woman who truly embodies the concept behind the show.  Having come from a modest home herself, she certainly understands the struggles many black children face in America.

2015 Black Girls Rock

Delivering a powerful message:

“No matter whom you are, no matter where you come from, you are beautiful, you are powerful, you are brilliant, and you are funny!  We have such big hopes and dreams for every single one of you.  There are voices that tell you that you’re not good enough, that you have to look a certain way.  Each one of those doubts is challenges.  You can shrink away or rise up to meet.”

No doubt Black women need the kind of encouragement that we all know isn’t freely handed-out, but going back to a segregationist way of thinking is not the answer.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. fought for unity.  We can’t continue these blatant practices of double standards.

Why not change the title to, “Girls Rock” and continue recognizing the same worthy women but in a less exclusive manner.

Tags: Black Girls Rock, Michelle Obama, FLOTUS, First Lady

6 comments on “Sorry, “Black Girls Rock” Needs a Title Change!”

  1. You’re wrong. Absolutely wrong. We can’t keep looking at things which uplift our community as a double standard.

    You bring up Dr. King, but you conveniently left out his explicit condemnation of White supremacy and how the Black community should begin to support its own. Support Black business, build Black communities. King said all of this in conjunction with his message of unity. But you, like these many White people who’ve been brainwashed by the system, only see the “so-called” colorblind aspect of his work.

    I don’t see you or White people protesting that Chinatown’s throughout the country are racist or exclusive….even though they are primarily made up of Chinese people supporting Chinese people because they historically were racially abused and excluded, even enduring race riots. But, they get to have their own communities and own businesses without anyone complaining…..yet when Black people try to be proud and do things like Black Girls Rock or have Black universities to support Black people or whatever, it’s a bad thing. So why can’t Black people be proud of our culture and support Black people?

    There wouldn’t need to be a Black Girls Rock if we weren’t in a country that has historically told us Black girls don’t rock.

    So again, you’re wrong.

  2. Hello KeeperOfLightning1914,

    I respect your opinion and agree with most of what you’ve said. As a graduate of a HBCU and strong supporter of Black businesses and causes; like you, I’m also proud of our culture and apologize if something in my post led you to think otherwise.

    My point is somethings can be done more effectively indirectly. As you said, “There wouldn’t need to be a Black Girls Rock if we weren’t in a country that has historically told us Black girls don’t rock” so why not invite “everyone” in and show the world how fabulous we Black girls are.

    It is more powerful for us to get others to acknowledge this through action and not words unless you only want Black women to see this. We already know we rock and for those Black girls that don’t, I doubt they would be inclined to watch a program such as this.

    If this is about changing attitudes and opinions, or celebrating Black women in general, I think we are better served by not offending non Black women with words before they can witness the beautiful examples of why we rock on a program such as this.

    Peace & Love

    • I hear you loud and clear. I apologize if my initial post came off angry at all. I was angry lol, not with you though, but the subject at hand.

      Here’s what we have to remember. Us doing things that are directed at us, doesn’t mean it’s done to offend anyone or exclude anyone. Just like White people can attend our HBCUs, they can attend a Black Girls Rock ceremony. It’s their choice.

      It’s kinda like going into Little Havana in Miami, and being angry that they only have Cuban stuff. Or a Chinatown somewhere with only Chinese businesses that cater to Chinese culture and community. They aren’t excluding anyone. They’re making money off anyone who contributes. But they’re still catering to their own people, to the point that if White people and others never came back to their businesses, they’d still be supporting each other. However, in this process of supporting each other, they aren’t excluding anyone. And people are choosing not to be offended by anyone.

      I feel the same way about Black Girls Rock. Anyone, no matter who you are, is welcome to learn about the history and importance of Black Girls Rock, and other things like Black Lives Matter and such. To some, it may come across as exclusion or racial bias. But just because it comes across that way, doesn’t mean that was the intention.

      And we can’t let other people’s feelings stop us from helping out people, you know?

      I’m glad you’re culturally aware though, and have the exposure to Blackness that many of us crave, which in turn gives you the ability to present your opinion on how we should go about this. I hear you. And in many respects, I agree.

      It’s just that at some point, if THEY don’t see the big picture, we have other priorities than to worry about their feelings. Because our people still need people like us, whether THEY agree with how we do it or not.

      Ultimately, two different approaches to reach the same goal will eventually both get to the destination. Look forward to see you there, Queen. =)

      • Hi again,

        My grandfather use to say, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat” so to your point, your POV is well taken.

        I just want us to be a bit more slicker in our approach. The person that makes the boldest move doesn’t necessarily have the best move, you know?

        And, of course people will always find something to say, but we don’t have to give it to them.

        For instance, if we called it “We Rock or Girls Rock” and parade the same women across the stage, it would be no less impactful; however, you wouldn’t have the public backlash/deflection and perhaps a lot more viewers tuned in, subsequently celebrating us with us.

        Anyway, I wanted to create a platform which encourages honest, intelligent dialogue and really appreciate your commentary so keep rockin my sista!

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