This Is What Defending Your Daughter's Black Beauty Looks Like

Let us review this sepia brown-skinned young woman’s fight to self-acceptance. Fruit from the poisonous tree sewn from unexamined, escalating black-on-black hatred is ruinous. Not everyone will survive. She is within her rights to only focus on her protection, because of the intra-racial politics women her complexion and appearance do bear the brunt of erasure and demonizing from other blacks.

When the Onion thinks it within their satirical arsenal to refer to Quvenzhané Wallis as a c*nt during the Oscars telecast. When some idiots who didn’t bother to read the book, decry Amandla Stenberg’s portrayal of Rue as “wrong” in The Hunger Games. When Keke Palmer chides a few so-called fans of TLC via Twitter who think she’s the “wrong” choice to portray Chili in a movie biopic on the group, by ‘apologizing’ for not having the ‘right’ baby hair texture.

When you have selective amnesia over what black male singers/rappers/comedians/relatives/neighbors/strangers do to and say about black girls but get fauxrage when some white person or entity does it. Or when black women are denying, excusing, dismissing or being active participants in each other’s demise.

This isn’t anything we haven’t discussed here before. Cause and effect.

When one (c)rapper says he’s retiring his diss of black women in referring to them as a b*tches because he already made his millions now has a daughter (how nice). When another dares to speak for all of us in supporting some privileged white woman celebrity in her flagrant use of a black racial slur, knowing if we took similar liberties with her heritage there’d be hell to pay.

I’d love to be a fly on the wall when her daughter refers to one of theirs by the sanctioned slur for kicks. While some adults debate concepts that have deep ramifications for the unprivileged masses this mother is rightfully concerned about the damage done to her black sons, which mirrors the concerns many of you have.

…and he left me worrying about the effects of hate speech that we tell ourselves isn’t hate speech. We’re raising a generation who thinks nothing of using the word–and they learned it from us.

That generation starts slinging arrows that wound emotionally and physically at even younger ages. Well, the conditions within Blackistan don’t fester in a vacuum. Advocacy alone will not save your daughters. There are and have been numerous people who sought to address these wrongs, but were vilified. Now, many outsiders think it’s a free for all, but that will change when  blacks  clean up the virulent racio-misogyny currently permitted. Will they? It’s possible, but don’t stick around exposing yourself and black children to toxic environments in the interim.

“Society” is implied as substitute for white in that video. Yes, but look a little closer to ‘home’ first.

The original draft of this post focused on what celeb mom Jada Pinkett Smith has to do for protection of the daughter whose lighter complexion and status would seem to imply such efforts unnecessary. But we know better – as shown by the other examples. This was posted on her Facebook account last year in response to criticism of Willow cutting her hair super short. You know what some black women think about “nappy” hair in service to appeasing self-hating black males.

Update 2/16: Watch this clip of Viola Davis on Anderson Live briefly discussing her hair texture/skin shade ‘shame’ that comes from within the toxic attitudes of the black ‘community’ and maybe you’ll begin to understand how long this type of hatred has gone unchecked. Along with the damage to black girls’ self-esteem. This is why even Jada has to step in.

A letter to a friend…

This subject is old but I have never answered it in its entirety. And even with this post it will remain incomplete.

The question why I would LET Willow cut her hair. First the LET must be challenged. This is a world where women, girls are constantly reminded that they don’t belong to themselves; that their bodies are not their own, nor their power or self determination.

I made a promise to endow my little girl with the power to always know that her body, spirit and her mind are HER domain. Willow cut her hair because her beauty, her value, her worth is not measured by the length of her hair.

It’s also a statement that claims that even little girls have the RIGHT to own themselves and should not be a slave to even their mother’s deepest insecurities, hopes and desires.

Even little girls should not be a slave to the preconceived ideas of what a culture believes a little girl should be.

This is true empowerment. Let the (r)evolution continue.

10 comments to This Is What Defending Your Daughter’s Black Beauty Looks Like

  • Hunter

    That was really a fabulous article. I like folks who really make time to post outstanding material -- it’s all a learning curve at the end of the day. Extremely well engineered and put together. Thanks.

  • Truth P.

    I'm happy that she loves her skin and I just hope she makes a really great life for herself if she doesn't have it already.I see a lot of these poems popping up on twitter or youtube ever so often and I can't help but think "okay you're happy with your skin tone but what now?"
    Her new found love of her skin has to be maintained too.I hope she gets away from anyone who is toxic.I wish her the best going forward.

    sidenote:I do wonder if this is the best thing for black women and girls to do.Going on social media to announce their insecurities or former insecurities?I just feel that there are better ways to be inspirational without putting your business out there which I am concerned could cause more hardships.

  • Thank you, too, for mentioning how important it is that we advocate for BW and BG while not exposing ourselves to physical and emotional harm. If only BW knew how many wars have been won without the need to step onto a battlefield! We don't have to put ourselves in the line of danger to cause positive changes, nor should we stand in harm's way while we wait for a change to come. Jada is a perfect example of this: she has enough money to physically protect her children but she still voices how she both empowers and protects their emotional well-being. Everything she has written on her FB has impressed me. I love her maturity and (what appears to be) a very healthy values and standards.

  • I really enjoyed the video you linked-I'm not familiar with Cortney, but I will be checking out her YT station in the future.

    Can I just say "amen" to your thoughts concerning a certain camel that now avoids the word "B****"? We know this has NOTHING to do with respect and everything to do with the fact that he is semi-retired and doesn't have to regularly issue verbal attacks against women to make money. He had a WIFE before he had a daughter-if he didn't respect his wife enough to stop using that word, then we know this sudden decision to be respectful is a bunch of malarkey. He has already made millions calling OTHER people's daughters "b******"-of course he doesn't have to continue doing it. Silly women have set him up financially-for life. Let's just imagine if his wife wasn't a superstar-these simple women that buy his music or attend his concerts would have 1) PAID to be verbally assaulted, and 2) helped finance the lifestyle of a woman that claims Native American and Creole ancestry in her long-lasting quest to be "different" from other BW. All I can do is SMH.

  • crissjensen

    Great Video!! Thank You.