Following the “Black Girls Rock” controversy that gained traction on national media, Penn students responded to the campaign in mixed ways.
First Lady Michelle Obama stirred up controversy in late March when she spoke at the annual Black Girls Rock event hosted by Black Entertainment Television, in honor of the Black Girls Rock nonprofit.
The event, which aims to celebrate the power, accomplishments and beauty of black women and girls, has come under fire in the past from critics who claim the event promotes reverse racism.
Following the event, the Twitter hashtag #whitegirlsrock began to trend, calling out the event for being exclusionary to women who were not of color.
College sophomore Rhiannon Miller has mixed emotions regarding the Black Girls Rock event, but does not see how it would negatively affect the self-esteem of women and girls of other races. “It doesn’t marginalize white people in any way,” Miller said.
But Miller added that she would rather see an event that celebrated the accomplishments of all girls, rather than singling out one group.
“I think black girls already know that they rock, so I don’t really see why one would need an event to teach that to them,” she said. “I honestly think that there should be an event promoting the beauty in all woman and encouraging that all girls rock.”
While Miller does not see the need for a separate event celebrating black girls, College freshman Sydney Morris views specialized movements such as these as necessary.
“All this ‘everyone rocks’ or ‘all lives matter’ shit makes me mad,” Morris said. “Obviously all that is true, but only one group has never been told that they matter.”Comments powered by Disqus
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