A Reintroduction to Black Girls Being
Following the results of the 2016 presidential election, political commentator and author, Van Jones, described the election results as a “whitelash against a black president.” Although the term whitelash may appear unfamiliar to many, the destruction that the term signifies has caused unforgettable and immeasurable harm to Black America. The term whitelash academically brands the immediate and wrathful reactions to any notion of Black uplift or success in the United States by members of White America.
Today, the welts of the most recent lashings are manifesting into potently visible attacks in the form of dangerous legislation, hate-laced rhetoric, and violent outbreaks. Historically, the lash has left debilitating results. The effects of whitelash encourage many Black Americans to accept the sordid conditions and circumstances that appear intrinsic to their communities by internalizing the stereotypes and low standards of living permeated by the media, education system, and government policy.
As with most blows, the pressure to succumb to the injury is enticing, and some might say, unavoidable. However, we have chosen not to surrender to the vanity of victimization. We started Black Girls Being in December not in response to the negativity, but as a reinforcing structure that reiterates positivity and success have not escaped us or the people who look like us. As Black women we are just as involved in creating and fighting for our own personal joy, success, and health, regardless of the forces that react against our strides, and in cooperation with people who may not relate, but empathize with our struggle.
Every week we celebrate what makes us laugh, cry, nostalgic, and aware, in the worlds of entertainment, media, and culture. However, most importantly we discuss what makes the conditions we face impenetrable to the lifestyle and path, we ourselves, have chosen to lead. We hope you’ll join the conversation.