As 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.
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.
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