When you think of the nuances of being a Black woman, Elle magazine isn’t the first place that comes to mind. Nevertheless, it’s website posted want amounts ti anti-Black Girl Magic editorial, and Black Twitter was not here for it.
The story in question basically says for too long Black women have been considered more than human, but are in fact just human like anyone else. Yes, that’s the no frills version, but bear with us.
Black girl magic suggests we are, again, something other than human. That might sound nitpicky, but it’s not nitpicky when we are still being treated as subhuman. And there’s a very long history of black women being treated as subhuman by the medical establishment, in spite of the debt Western medicine owes to them.
Nevertheless, while the writer is surely entitled to her opinion, the fact that it was delivered via Elle—a decidedly vanilla outlet not known for presenting issues about Black women or Black people in general—it was not well received. Keep in mind it was Elle that said Timberlands were a new fashion trend, in 2014.
Needless to say Black Twitter, and anyone with common sense, is going in. Peep the best of the often hilarious and well timed slander (and education, too) below and on the following pages. Considering Elle just put Viola Davis and Taraji P. Henson on its cover, someone’s timing was God awful.
Also, Black women (or Black girls) are anything and everything they want to be—be it magical, human or anything in between. Head here @thepbg for more on #BlackGirlMagic.