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Jul152015

National Defend A Black Girl Day: Black People Rally Around Amandla Stenberg

Like Christmas, Easter, Mother's Day and the Super Moon, every once in a while, the Earth aligns with Pluto. The tides rise. Fish walk. And Black people rally to defend a Black girl in public spaces. It is such a rare event, that it is worth noting with some kind of monument, perhaps a placard or a certificate. I hereby  declare today National Defend a Black Girl Day.

On today we honor every grown Black person who rallied behind young Black actress Amandla Stenberg when she was attacked by the BRAVO network for comments she made to Kylie Jenner after Kylie sported cornrows and tagged her post #WhiteGirlsDoItBetter (*eyeroll*).  Andy Cohen, a fully grown man and BRAVO host,  called Amandla the "Jackhole of the Day" while two grown Black people, Andre Leon Tally and Laverne Cox giggled and joined in.

I'm no idealist. I know that this rare act of publicly circling the wagons in support of a young Black girl is due in part to

- a dislike of anything Kardashian
-a dislike of Andy Cohen
-a dislike of Laverne Cox
-a dislike of BRAVO
- a dislike of Andre Leon Tally

But I'll take it.

I was once an outspoken teenaged Black girl. Outspoken women, Black, White or otherwise tend to pay a heavy price for their boldness so it is refreshing to see a hedge of protection temporarily being placed around Amandla.

So mark this day on your calendars and let's hope it rolls around again before Halley's comet returns.

Reader Comments (4)

We know that anything Kardashian is vile. They have a record of using people of color for personal gain (Brandy Norwood, anyone?). That hashtag that Kylie used shows her true character. And as for Miss Cox and Andre Leon Talley, young Amandla is everything they want to be a young, beautiful, intelligent woman of color. I'd rather have Amandla represent Black womanhood over Miss Coxa any day.

July 15, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSunny1216

It's sadly true, had the target of the criticism not been a Kardashian, I doubt as many people would have supported Amandla.

And way to show some class Andy Cohen, calling a teenaged child a jack****. Lovely.

July 15, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGrace

I had heard about this story but didn't know that Kylie had tagged her post WhiteGirlsDoItBetter. That says it all about her malicious intentions towards Black women. I'd like to know exactly what White girls do better? And better than whom?

I hope Amandla continues to speak out but doesn't become the mule/mammy for Black issues. She needs to be enjoying her teenage years and be carefree just like White teenagers. I'm a little worried for her since everytime I see her tweet, she's writing about weighty racial issues. Our teenagers should be allowed to be teenagers like non-Black youth.

July 15, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia Kayden

Actually, Kylie posted of pic of her in cornrows. She did NOT use the #whitegirlsdoitbetter tag.

Don't believe everything you read.

This too me is a non-issue. White girls do have the right to wear cornrows. Just like black women have the right to die their hair blond, straighten their hair, and wear weaves.

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

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