Hashtags are just like celebrity trends, they come out of no where and disappear in the same fashion. #BlackGirlMagic made its way onto timelines everywhere about a year ago and has only gained momentum. But does #BlackGirlMagic really benefit black women?
In order to really debate whether or not Black girl magic is helpful or hurtful you have to understand what it’s about. Short answer, it’s about the awesomeness of black women and us celebrating that. Just earned a degree? You can thank your black girl magic. Just landed that job? It’s your magical black powers. Maybe you just slayed the hell out of your selfie, it’s because of your supernatural blackness. Get the point yet?
It may seem a little predictable and the hashtag has probably even lost some of its meaning now that even a belfie can be (and has been) labeled ‘magical’.
Maybe that’s where some of the resistance stems from. Some women have claimed the women’s movement has done nothing but cause further harm to black women. And saying black women are magical negates the fact that we are human.
Why should people be worried about black women when we are superhuman? Super humans don’t feel pain, aren’t very insecure, hardly ever need a support system and can’t die. So black girl magic, to some, is nothing more than a pointless hashtag further proving the point that black women are independent do-it-alls who suffer silently. Because we always persevere right? I think we all know that’s wrong.
Ok I do get the point of these skeptics a little. Why do we have to be seen as melanin queens with magical capabilities? Why can’t we just be seen as human beings? Equal to everyone else. It’s true that independence can influence the way others treat you. Some may not be as quick to come save the day if you equate yourself to Wonder Woman. Last I checked, she never needed any sort of help, especially from men. Same can be said for feminism but that’s a different post for a different day.
And with all that being said, I am a huge #BlackGirlMagic supporter. Contrary to popular belief, black people have a lot to be proud of, especially black women. There’s still a lot of work to be done but that can be said for all cultures and ethnicities. We know we are not literal queens of melanin. That’s not even a place people. But after being degraded, humiliated, and berated about being black and looking black, I’m very proud to see us celebrate ourselves for once.
Why are we supposed to hate ourselves again? Oh, almost forgot. That’s because other races (sometimes even our own) don’t see the beauty in being ethnic. But are they really supposed to? Unless you are black it’s not your job to celebrate black culture, that’s our responsibility. The more we lift ourselves up by being proud of who we are the more other races will respect us.
So is the bold hashtag helping black women? Very much so. Women are generally the nurturers of the home and raise generations of people. If more black women develop a sense of pride about themselves and their heritage, they will pass that on to their child, even if only by example. Many of the insecurities minorities face in America start in the home and if we can extinguish the negative cycle of self hate, we can begin to work towards a much better community.
So to all you out there that don’t see the point in black women celebrating themselves, just look the other way. Because the #BlackGirlsMagic movement has really started something great and now that minorities are being empowered where they were once rejected, this is a trend I don’t see dying any time soon. So if you’re a black women that hasn’t acquired her super powers yet, head to the nearest mirror and repeat over and over again until you believe it “superwoman ain’t got shit on me”.