Is #BlackGirlMagic Doing Us An Injustice?
Twitter and Instagram have, naturally, become vehicles for black-people-rock style memes, trends, tags and otherwise viral content. #Blackgirlmagic is one trending tag of many, and it quickly rose in popularity -- sparking commentary around embracing our inherent beauty as black women.
However, Dr. Linda Chavers -- a writer, teacher and scholar of broad racial- and gender-related topics -- believes the phrase #blackgirlmagic is setting us back.
Chavers has written an article titled "Here's My Problem With #BlackGirlMagic," featured on Elle, and it goes strongly against the grain. Chavers finds #blackgirlmagic to be offensive. In her mind, we aren't as "superhuman," as the tag implies. Strong as we may be, we must admit that we cannot do it all, withstand it all and seamlessly overcome it all -- magically.
A community is as strong as its dialogue, and we encourage you to spark a discussion among your loved ones. Do any of Chavers' ideas ring true for you, or do you agree to disagree? Read the post here and let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!