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The #AllBlackGirlsDont Tag Is Giving Black Women Space to Dispute Stereotypes and Self‐Define

Avatar • Aug 12, 2015

Although its origins are unknown, the #AllBlackGirlsDont tag has made waves on Twitter the past few weeks. Many are using it to challenge stereotypes and speak on lived experiences.

https://twitter.com/dancer1695/status/627265476775813120

https://twitter.com/MyBlackMatters/status/626502332365336577

https://twitter.com/pooka_22/status/627018766614790144

https://twitter.com/retrovixens/status/630380481813565444

Men who tried to co‐opt the #AllBlackGirlsDont were swiftly shut down.

Along the way, some black women started using the tag to distance themselves from black women with short hair, children out of wedlock, financial problems and violent behavior. This sparked a discussion about what the tag was really for — to speak out against negative societal stereotypes, or enforce them in a way by associating negative behavior with black womanhood.

And some felt that the hashtag invited black women to live in self‐conscious awareness of the stereotypes that surround them.

What are your thoughts on the #AllBlackGirlsDont tag?

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I think it was a nice way to excercise self acceptance till people started hating it and finding faults with it

Not everything you have to take so seriously and harshly

Ajah
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Ajah

I don’t know where that one girl has been but people have been digging on Serena’s booty for a while now. I see what people are talking about. I have never fit in the stereotypical of what black people let alone black women are supposed to be. I have never ran my life or time management on CPT, and I apparently sound white on the phone (that’s just proper education and a positive household, but whatever) I have no children, never been to jail, I am not a gold digger, nor a hood rat. I was raised in the valley… Read more »

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Black women don’t need to explain themselves. Trends should go unfollowed. In my opinion, one’s recognition of self is enough to be perceived as “All Black Girls Don’t”. If you don’t fit the stereotype, you don’t need to explain why. If you do fit it, so what. Continue owning it. These are open doors for White ppl to continue analyzing and enforcing more stereotypes, then using it as backlash possibly like, “White girls don’t — Buy fake hair.” MYTH. But it will spark arguments.

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jjac401

Amen!

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