#WhiteGirlsRock Trends On Twitter In Response To 2013 ‘Black Girls Rock’

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Golden Brooks, Mara Brock Akil, Persia White, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jill Marie Jones

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 Latifahin 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.

MUST READ: Black Girls STILL Rock! Founder Beverly Bond On The 4th Annual BET Award’s Show

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:

It has been stated over and over again, many different ways, that White Girls Rock is the default in this country. Expanding privilege is not equality. And it is pathetic, though not surprising, that some Black men showed up and showed out for all the wrong reasons, and some White women wouldn’t understand solidarity even if it was spelled out on the Soul Train board.

Mara Brock Akil stated so eloquently last night: “Black women, even if no one else sees you, I see you…We are worth protecting and we are worth loving.”

Though many attempts are made, nothing and no one can change that fact.

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