Did you know the hashtag #WhiteGirlsDoItBetter is trending?
I woke up like disss
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Right now, that hashtag is getting what it deserves, which is mercilessly mocked.
— Kate (@katethewasp) July 11, 2015
Apparently, it started as some sort of "let's fight reverse racism" thing by people who believe reverse racism exists. I guess since "White Pride" was taken by the KKK, this was the next obvious word combo? If the white ladies who kicked this hashtag off want to try again, maybe go for something less denigrating of other people. Like, "White Girls Are Okay With Themselves" or "White Girls Can Be Cool Without Saying They Do Everything Better, Because That Is Racist and Bullsh*t." Something catchy.
Anyway, in the midst of this, Kylie Jenner posted a pic on Instagram in which she was wearing her hair in cornrows, captioned, "I woke up like disss." Okay, forget the hair for a sec: those are weird-ass pajamas.
It wasn't long before someone in the comment thread hashtagged this photo with #WhiteGirlsDoItBetter. That's when Amandla Stenberg, best known for playing Rue in The Hunger Games and speaking truth to power, stepped in and put Kylie on blast:
Blam. (via BuzzFeed)
Amandla's comment reads:
when u appropriate black features and culture but fail to use ur position of power to help black Americans by directing attention towards ur wigs instead of police brutality or racism #whitegirlsdoitbetter
Issues around cultural appropriation are close to Stenberg's heart, and a video she made for school on the subject went viral recently:
What did Kylie respond with?
...Burn? (via BuzzFeed)
Very curious what Kylie Jenner would consider "doing," but she hasn't got much to back herself up here. Especially if the best she can tell Amandla to do is to hang with Jaden Smith. Hanging with Jaden Smith sounds great!
The Comeback...(Albino jacked the headgear)
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Of course, there were rumors that Jenner and Smith were romantically linked last year, and this year Smith took Stenberg to prom.
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Sometimes the issue is that two teen girls are fighting over a boy, sometimes the issue is deeply embedded racism exercised through cultural appropriation. This is that magical unicorn of a story where it's probably both.