‘I think black girls are ugly…except for the gorgeous light skins.’
Misogynoir is hatred directed towards black women. The word was first coined by a queer black feminist scholar, Moya Bailey, in 2010 as a way to address the misogyny black women faced in American visual and popular culture. One thing that doesn’t make sense to me is how black men think it is perfectly okay to bash black women. As a race that’s always being made fun of, we need to stick together. The last thing we need or want is to all turn against each other, because that’s what our oppressors want.
Misogynoir is so damaging because so many young black people are on social media, and if they see tweets like these:
“It ain’t that black girls ugly, it’s just I can’t talk to a girl darker than me.“
"White girls don’t talk back. Put a little aggression in your voice and she’ll do whatever you say.”
“Black girls are so ugly it actually makes me upset.”
…they will begin to think that they’re not good enough and could start trying to modify themselves until they look the way society deems fit. It will plant a seed of internal racism and thoughts like these can carry on for generations.
For centuries, black women have been experiencing misogynoir. Experiences can range from people saying that you’re 'quite pretty for a black girl’ to realising that Amazon is making a profit from a book titled 'I Hate Black Women’. The author of the book claims that black women are the cause of the world’s problems. Misogynoir still exists today because of uneducated people inciting what they think is normal. This then leads to others seeing it as a pass to voice their racist views and not face repercussions.
In order to stop this, we must all be able to realise that black women are amazing. We’re important because without black women you wouldn’t have surveillance, overseas phone calls, we wouldn’t able to heat our houses in one go, nor would we be able to enjoy toast in the mornings. So before you say anything in disregard to black women and femmes, just remember how they’ve shaped the world around you.