#AskABlackChick: Can White Women Use the Term Black Girl Magic?

Anonymous asks:

#Askablackchick

Jess

Jessica-Brittany says

I am currently wearing a gold plated necklace with the words “black girl magic” which I wear proudly almost everyday. It was a birthday present given to me by two of my dearest friends. They happen to be white. Their necklace, their offering was a beautiful recognition of the power, the magic that they may not directly understand but certainly recognize and have experienced through our friendship.

Is it wrong? No. But what are your intentions? Is it to truly relate and give power to these women or is it more about “showing” you understand by using this hashtag?

I will say though, that if these same friends went around constantly hashtagging and using the term “black girl magic,” I’m not certain how I feel.

Is it wrong? No. But what are your intentions? Is it to truly relate and give power to these women or is it more about “showing” you understand by using this hashtag? Only you know the answer to that.

My advice, be selective and really examine why that term. Black girl magic is the magic we continue to find, hone, and possess in a world that has told us we are far from magical. But of course that comes from my definition fueled by my experience.

What does black girl magic mean to you?

Afro

LaTicia Says

It’s okay to use the term “Black Girl Magic” if and when your intention is to truly highlight and empower women of color and girls of color in what they are doing.  It is a significant label that we embrace and when we use it, it is serious business – just like white folks use of “Rockstar”, we use this term for our women and girls of color when they are doing something great.

It is a significant label that we embrace and when we use it, it is serious business – just like white folks use of “Rockstar”, we use this term for our women and girls of color when they are doing something great. 

For me, if you are thinking about or analyzing your use of something, it generally indicates the needs for introspection about your intent and I think that is the key here. 


Latifah Miles

Latifah Says

While I think that it’s ok to use the term with good intentions behind it, I think overuse when you are not under the umbrella that the term is intended for can water down it’s meaning and make it almost useless. If everything that has to do with black womanhood is refered to as #BlackGirlMagic by you, a white woman, it becomes insignificant and your good intent and solidarity is liable to get lost in the mix.

I think overuse when you are not under the umbrella that the term is intended for can water down it’s meaning and make it almost useless.

So, I’d use it when it is truly called for. There’s nothing wrong with you using the term to describe a black woman in some way. I’d just use it sparingly.

 

 

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