#whitegirlsdoitbetter (2015)

“While white women are praised for altering their bodies, plumping their lips and tanning their skin, black women are shamed although the same features exist on them naturally” Amandla Stenberg on cultural appropriation.

Dear #whitegirlsdoitbetter,

What exactly is it that you do better?

Do you think that Kylie Jenner’s braids mean that white women are ‘winning’? Or has Jen Selter’s figure got you thinking that each and every white female is more capable than their black counterpart?

Since when was emulating the aesthetic beauty of another culture a sign that one was better than the other? In other words, since when was copying the look of black people a sign that you were superior to us?

After all you’re trying to look like us, aren’t you? You’re trying to be something that you’re not but that we naturally are, aren’t you? So I’ll ask you again, what exactly is it that white girls do better?

How would you feel if I went around telling everyone that black girls do it better? What would be your reaction if we appropriated your culture and then told you that we were better at presenting it? You’d call us racist, wouldn’t you? You’d say that it’s not fair for us to do something that you can’t, wouldn’t you? Why’s that?

Why’s it ok for you to belittle us, but it becomes a problem when the tables are turned? White privilege, perhaps? Or is it just your ignorance?

Are you too closeminded to understand that whatever you’re competing for we don’t want? Whatever you’re ‘doing better’ we did first, so where’s the competition? If we’re fighting for unoriginality then who would win? You or us?

So, what exactly is it that you’re doing better?

Kind regards,

Black women

By Shaurna Cameron

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