For decades, African American women have been plagued with the “loud Black girl” stereotype that depicts them as overtly “sassy,” combative and uneducated. It’s grossly offensive and should probably go away altogether. However, the Black women of Twitter had a better idea: They reclaimed the phrase and made it positive. Do you smell that? That’s the scent of sweet slay all over your timelines.
This all began after Erica Garner, whose father Eric was choked to death by New York police officers, attended President Barack Obama’s town hall meeting. Garner revealed to BuzzFeed she felt she needed to be “belligerent just to be heard.” This struck a chord with activist Feminista Jones, who started the #LoudBlackGirls hashtag on Twitter today (July 15). “I’m interested in hearing from Black women about when (if) they found their individual voice& how they use it,” Jones tweeted. Check out some of the amazing ladies who responded.
From a young age I was encouraged by my parents to always say what's on mind. #loudblackgirls ✊❤️
— Malcolm X (@Dear_KingV) July 15, 2016
By refusing to be one-dimensional & understanding that I am & capable of all things. No one should be allowed to box me in #LoudBlackGirls
— Brittany J. Burnam (@LiberalArtsDiva) July 15, 2016
Realised I had so much to say and, in doing just that, I was sharing an example of the gift we all have, to tell our stories #LoudBlackGirls
— Jollof Feminist (@TheJamaJack) July 15, 2016
Voices carry. Laughs are rambunctious. Our presence is felt. Do we make you uncomfortable? Good. You gon' experience these #LoudBlackGirls
— Britt (@BrittanyDae) July 15, 2016
We amplify our joy, disdain, happiness and sorrow because we are in a world that will tell you they aren't worth hearing. #LoudBlackGirls
— NDA, Ph.D (@TaliAuzenne) July 15, 2016
— Misty Knight's Afro (@Steph_I_Will) July 15, 2016
I am black, I am Loud, and I am Proud. #loudblackgirls
— Valerie Complex (@ValerieComplex) July 15, 2016
— Nyasha Junior (@NyashaJunior) July 15, 2016
— Show My Black (@ShowMyBlack) July 15, 2016
But some of their male counterparts aren’t as woke. These two tweets represent the (annoying) backlash to this movement in a nutshell.
Why is this trending? Absolutely nobody likes y'all #LoudBlackGirls
— Ken Griffey Jr. (@Deonte_w) July 15, 2016
There's a difference between loud and ghetto #LoudBlackGirls
— Devin Shamel (@DevinShamel) July 15, 2016
Don’t listen to them, girls. This movement is so important. You should never feel silenced or like your opinions aren’t valid. Be loud and proud, because your lives matter.