During and after the brilliant 2013 Black Girls Rock event on Sunday, Nov. 3, some White girls and Black men on Twitter formed a grotesque alliance to silence and shame Black women for celebrating ourselves.
For the fourth year in a row, BLACK GIRLS ROCK! founder and community activist Beverly Bond, joined with Black Entertainment Network (BET) to celebrate the awesome fierceness and the fearless audacity of Black girls and women around the world.
The show featured dynamic women like prima ballerina Misty Copeland, Chicago community organizer and violence interrupter Ameena Matthews, and Queen Latifah, in addition to dozens of celebrity presenters and performers.
Throughout the special, our best and brightest sheroes were honored while the always magnificent duo Regina King and Tracee Ellis Ross co-hosted two hours of sizzling, sassy performances that refueled us and reaffirmed that Black girls really do rock.
Apparently, because we were not being recognized in conjunction with White women or for our (often unreciprocated) support of Black men, but boldly and unapologetically honored simply because we are and always have been rock stars, people were mad.
The racist and self-hating trolls couldn’t stand it — not even for two hours.
See some of the predictable Twitter dialogue below:
— Stoned Stiletto (@DenimAndChard) November 4, 2013
I really do want to see a #WhiteGirlsRock lol. See if it becomes racist because white people do it.
— DYNAMO (@_Kosmiccc) November 4, 2013
— BP (@orangesoder) November 4, 2013
If they had an awards show that said #WhiteGirlsRock black ppl would call it racist.
— Stanley Aiken (@sa_aiken) November 4, 2013
They needa #WhiteGirlsRock
— #WestsideStoriezVol1 (@NewmanUMG) November 4, 2013
If they had a #WhiteGirlsRock would yall be mad