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Taraji P. Henson Checks Fan Who Called Her a ‘Black Racist’ for Celebrating Black Beauty

Avatar • Jun 6, 2016

Yesterday actress Taraji P. Henson posted a meme on her instagram account that celebrated the beauty of black women. Her caption:

#Mood #SouthAfrica#TheMotherLand #BlackIsFuckinBeautiful#ProudBlackWoman right here. They tried to bury us and erase our history#IMPOSSIBLE ?????

As a result of her enthusiasm, she was met with responses from non-black women who claimed “all women are beautiful, not just black women.” Usually, celebrities don’t respond to trolls, but Taraji wasn’t having it yesterday.
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TheShadeRoom.com was able to capture a screen shot of Taraji’s response to one of the commenters. The man pretty much accused Taraji of being a black racist because she only addressed her race as being beautiful in her Instagram post.
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For some reason, some non-black people think that if black women celebrate themselves in any way, that means they believe they’re superior. After centuries of being oppressed, black women are finally embracing themselves and encouraging others to do the same.
Most would see that as a positive step forward, but some still believe that shedding a positive light on our blackness has a negative affect on them. Thankfully, Taraji is unapologetic in celebrating her blackness and isn’t afraid to check anybody who says that she shouldn’t.

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Erica DuPriest
Erica DuPriest
4 years ago

I guess she was not for his foolishness. Every time black women want to empower herself everybody want to try and tear her down, it needs to stop. If black women are finally embracing their beauty let them, who are losing jobs, and dying because of it? No one.

Courtney Banks
Courtney Banks
4 years ago

This doesn’t surprise me in the very least. Anytime black people try and do something positive it’s always seen as a threat.. But when black people are in the news for doing something bad, they are nowhere to be seen. Where are all the “All people steal?” or “All people murder?” people at?? *crickets*

Chevanne
4 years ago

Just because I’m on a team, doesn’t mean I’m competing. It’s not about other people. It’s about exalting the members of my group so they feel confident and strong. People are so nosy and so concerned about our pride because it goes against how they believe we should feel. We should be ashamed of our naps and big lips. The minute we want to feel empowered, there’s an accusation of supposed arrogance and isolationism. There are Muhammad Ali clips floating around and one is where a white woman says she doesn’t like his arrogance. People need to watch it and… Read more »

maralondon
maralondon
4 years ago
Reply to  Chevanne

Do you know how many times I’ve watched that clip? I could listen to Ali’s response all day long.

TWA4now
TWA4now
4 years ago

True, we NEED to celebrate US! It’s about time!

Jacky
Jacky
4 years ago

The guy has deep issues that go beyond an “All people are equal” mentality. I went to check his page because I was wondering why she called him Dora. This is what he wrote as his instagram profile:

Princess Dora The world would be a better place without ignorant negros #whitepower #hailtrump soon you’ll be back working our fields ? #legalizemarijuana”

It’s funny how the people who always stop to call people racist are racists themselves.

Kinsmankid
Kinsmankid
3 years ago
Reply to  Jacky

Thanks for exposing his foolishness. He sounds like a nut and a bigot.

Stephen
Stephen
4 years ago

Taraji did not have time for that.

cerulean blue 86
cerulean blue 86
4 years ago

Thank you Taraji! And there is a special place in hell for a grown man trying to check a woman on embracing her beauty. That is some low ass sh*t.

Mka
Mka
4 years ago

Her reply was a bit harsh, but she was in South Africa, ‘re-absorbing apartheid, when she wrote it. That tends to reduce your patience with pettiness. Speaking of which, the man WAS being petty, I don’t complain when I read a book and the heroine is being described as having hair like a silk waterfall and porcelain skin.

Kinsmankid
Kinsmankid
3 years ago
Reply to  Mka

I don’t agree she was too harsh. Check out Jacky’s post. He actually deserved worse.

Yolanda Hinton
Yolanda Hinton
4 years ago

This is another reason why I love and Respect her

La Bella Bre'
La Bella Bre'
4 years ago

I don’t think her reply was harsh at all. Sometimes these racists need to be ripped a new one. After all, he did come for her by insulting her first. I would have responded similarly, lol and I have no fame to consider before releasing my words. She shut him down and hopefully others will think twice before making similar comments on her page. Black women have been brutalized for centuries, and so I REALLY don’t care if a person of another persuasion is uplifted by my celebration of Black beauty…it’s not my job to include them, when they have… Read more »

Aieomi
Aieomi
4 years ago

Like can we live? So we can’t take a moment to appreciate our God given natural beauty after being told we weren’t good enough for so many years?

Honestly this rang home. I grew up being the only little black girl in the room. I always wondered why I couldn’t have been lighter. It’s taken me years but I finally appreciate my golden skin. I’m so thankful for this movement of self love that’s going on right now. Hopefully there will be less children of colour growing up with the same mind frame now.

Jas
Jas
4 years ago

I equate it to “How dare these Black people develop pride in themselves? How dare these Black people have confidence and be unapologetic about their heritage, beauty, intelligence, power?”

It’s a control thing. They want to tell us how we should see ourselves.
Being pride, confident and doing it out loud and unapologetically bothers them.

Tasha
Tasha
4 years ago

Of course anyone who is not a minority will not truly understand the struggle…

Don'tBSoNosey
Don'tBSoNosey
3 years ago

I loved Taraji’s responses celebrating our black beauty to non-blacks. Non-blacks have a terminal case of “what about me”? Black women are a the original beauty, powerful, sensitive, group of women often imitated, but never duplicated.

Kinsmankid
Kinsmankid
3 years ago

No where in her post did she say something negative about other races. Loving yourself doesn’t mean you think you’re better than others.

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