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This Young Woman Rejects the Carefree Black Girl Movement: ‘There’s Nothing Wrong with Being a Hood A** Chick’

 

June 14, 2016 | Posted by Kiersten Willis
Tagged With: Black women stereotypes, carefree black girl, YouTube guru

 

A YouTube user is receiving backlash for a video she posted expressing her disagreement with the carefree Black girl movement. The woman – who goes by Phil on Twitter – summed up her thoughts by saying it is dismissive of other Black women with stereotypical characteristics similar to the sapphire, the mammy and a “hood a– chick.”

 “See, the way my depression and anxiety set up being carefree is literally impossible for me – and SO many other black girls,” she writes in her video summary. “In essence, the movement obviously means well, but unfortunately continues to exclude black girls who don’t represent a specific tax bracket, who aren’t of a certain skin tone, body size, hair texture/length, and/or physical ability. ”
 

She continues, “There are ways to take control of how we are portrayed in the media without dissociating from black girls who just so happen to match the characteristics of overused stereotypes.”

The movement the internet personality is referring to is one that is dedicated to celebrating Black girls and women who defy mainstream stereotypes about Black women. That means they do not conform to typical ideas of an overtly sexual Black woman or the angry Black woman.

In Phil’s video – which she prefaces by saying she is “most definitely tipsy” – she describes the carefree Black girl as one who is a “college educated, 3C natural [whose] hair blows in the wind every time I even think about picking up my phone.”  She believes women who think this way disassociate themselves from other Black women to be different.

The video has stirred heavy reaction online. It has 643 dislikes compared to 264 likes, which Phil attributes to racists who have “subscribed to me just to dislike all of my videos in the future.”

Akilah Weeks commented that the video shows Phil doesn’t understand what the carefree Black girl movement is about.
 

“It can be anyone! A ghetto, scene, alternative, hood, trans, woke, college educated, disabled, artsy etc,” she says. “It just means that you are comfortable and confident with who you are! It’s easy to say any ‘trope’ of person is exclusionary.”

Another user said she disagrees with the declaration, too.

“I grew up impoverished! My mother credits me as her beacon of light,” wrote Char’nae. “Being carefree has nothing to do with how much you make whatsoever nor does it have to do with complexion! Being carefree is simply realizing being angry gets you nowhere!”

Still, some users support the vlogger’s arguments.

“I agree with a lot of what you are saying for sure! I still appreciate the sentiment of the carefree black girl movement,” wrote Asari Smith. “But you’re right it’s really stereotypical and exclusionary.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ah, who gives two shits?  We're all individuals, all 7 billion of us. We each have our families and opinions. When my hair's relaxed, it blows all over the damn place and curl won't stay two seconds. When I go 4 or more months without, a hurricane won't move a strand. Who gives two shits? Am I bald? No!! Is it mine? Yes!! Do I have a lot? Enough!! What does that say? The African blood in me is alive and kickin'. I get it together when I have to, grey hair and all.

No one needs to follow anyone, but one needs COMMON SENSE with 5 side orders. You do dumb shit, you'll pay the price. Carry yourself in a respectful manner, you'll get respect. Bottom line, Do You. Eventually, EVERYONE gets what's coming to them. Sometimes, it's the good, the bad and the ugly, singularly; or sometimes all at once.

So long Young Homegirl, the best of LUCK TO YOU!!!!!!

Last edited by Norland

I think it's a good article on a subject that is way over due to be discussed honestly by the Black community, because it is beyond time that Black women "take control of how we are portrayed in the media", and it's beyond time that Black people stop allowing Hollywood, the Media, Rap Videos, and Television  to STEREOTYPE every all or predominately Black community as "Ghetto", and every person living in an all or predominately Black community or a certain tax bracket as "Ghetto".

Black people need push back on American Propaganda Machines stereotyping all Black people in a given tax bracket as ignorant or uneducated or as drug addicts  or drug dealers or gang members or welfare queens, or criminals or deadbeat dads or bad parents, or stupid, or "Ghetto".

It's all Racist Propaganda Psychology designed to DIVIDE-AND-CONQUER African Americans and African America, and designed to maintain the plantation brainwashing and social conditioning of Black people viewing anything Black as negative, or anything that belongs to Black people as worthless or unworthy, and all Black people in working-class or low tax brackets as less than [or "Ghetto"].  

 

Last edited by sunnubian

  I agree with some of it...especially the part about having MORE black writers writing in the true image of black girl.  Changed the name...carefree cuz it's no such THANG....not even for white girls....I call it gullible living in a world that is not that nice to women.  So create your own image in terms of who you are as a woman...first and black second.  Cuz you even have BLACK men placing a FALSE image of black girls...based on their twisted interpretation...AND THEY LIVE IN THE SAME HOUSEHOLD with us...and still are blind to what a real black girl image is.  Sistagirl in the video is YOUNG.  I still smell the milk on her breath.....and the things she is saying is her experience based on her environment.  She doesnt even know the HISTORY of our image other than what she can pull up on YOUTUBE.   And I agree with you sista Norland....the thing to do is be an INDIVIDUAL.  Having your image.  Your own style.  And fock em.  You cares when they are killing us like flies....we are always looking over our shoulders...down the street...when we see the po po....so in alladat.  Who can be carefree?  But!  

Maybe I didn't make it clear that I'm agreeing with those who are criticizing the so-called "care-free Black girl" for trying to stereotype ALL other Black women and/or specifically Black women (and girls) from lower tax brackets and/or the so-called "Ghetto".

Anyway, "care-free" is an attitude or a personality trait that has nothing to do with which "tax-bracket" you come from, or your educational level.

Besides, anyone that truly (or NATURALLY) possesses a "care-free" attitude/personality would be that type of person regardless to their "tax bracket" or educational level, or regardless to they way the wear their hair, etc.

I think she's attempting to try and create a 'stereotype'  to hide behind for Black girls/young women, that don't want to accept the reality of, or don't won't to acknowledge the struggle the Black race is still in in this country.

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