Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Don't Fucking Mess With Amandla Stenberg

A couple days ago, Amandla Stenberg, best known for her role as Rue in The Hunger Games movie, called out Kylie Jenner in Instagram over a photo of Jenner in cornrows. Amandla, 16, rightly pointed out that this is cultural appropriation since Kylie, 17, is white. Kylie, of course, took this as a personal attack and the media immediately labeled the whole thing as a "celebrity feud."

A moment to mention the misogyny behind labeling one woman calling out another as a "feud," which is shorthand for "cat fight."

So Justin Bieber tells everyone to "leave Kylie alone" which should immediately tell you that Kylie is on the wrong side here. Not because of Bieber's music, but because he's a legitimately terrible human being. Then a grown man calls Amandla a "jackhole" (whatever that is) on his shitty TV show for starting the "feud" and later apologizes because he didn't understand the "larger context." Probably because he made no effort to look into what cultural appropriation actually is before running his white male mouth.

That's the story. And what I have to say about all this is that if you're rushing to defend an older white woman over the incredible Amandla Stenberg because it sooooooo super mean to criticize anyone (by which I mean a white person) about their theft of a culture they don't belong to then you can go straight to hell where I will meet you with a baseball bat to smack the crap out of you.

At what point are my fellow white person going to stop being so very, very concerned about their hurt feelings and being made to look racist and start giving a fuck about the actual systemic racism that eats away at black communities?

Amandla Stenberg has proved herself amazing, but she's only 16. She shouldn't have to be standing against a hoard of white people and their deluge of tears because they can't understand why white people can't do whatever they want with their hair while black women are still kicked out of school and fired from jobs for wearing natural hairstyles. She shouldn't have to be talking about these issues at all. Black girls get their culture and their youth stolen away by us white people and we have the gall to act like she's the one attacking us?

Anyone who has a single word to say against Amandla on this issue can fucking fight me.

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