Hi guys, Me again! I don’t know if you guys know about my previous project with Tactical Media but if you haven’t, here it is: http://banshee-moanerlisa.tumblr.com/post/73581485089/hey-guys-for-those-of-you-that-dont-know-i-am-a
To take my project even further, I ventured into the the disgusting parts of twitter/tumblr again. The racist trends and posts really hit a cord. I’ve made another collection because they are just too much right now. Here are some samples of them. Originally I didn’t cover the names of the tweeters (is that a word?) because I forgot. Now I realise that their tweets were made public for a reason. This is PUBLIC spread hatred toward black women. They are people who truly believe those things. If they cared, they wouldn’t say these things. Out of all the trends I explored #stopblackgirls2013 seemed to be the most viscous one. So I’m calling to all the black women that feel how I feel and grew up feeling inadequate to do one thing. Take that trend and make it your own. Use #stopblackgirls2014 to stop black girls from going through that as well. You can use it in situations like this “#StopBlackGirls2014 you are beautiful, you are not less than and you are worth the time, #StopBlackGirls2014 Stop listening to the noise. You ARE not to be ashamed of who you are etc…”.
Growing up Ethiopian in Canada for the past 6 years has not been easy. I went to a high school that was predominantly white (Ukrainian/Polish/Portuguese/Italian/Serbian) for some reason, I felt the need to hide who I was. I barely discussed my culture or my country. In moments that I heard some of the people I was friends with roll their eyes as the “black girl group” passed by, I laughed along. I had so much self hate that it was ridiculous. I wanted to be beautiful and I believed being white was the only way I could do that. Being in a community like tumblr has REALLY helped me develop a shred of confidence. Although I’m not fully there yet, I am slowly loving everything about myself. If I had someone like you guys during my high school days, would have saved me lots of time. So let’s all please take back what people say about us black women. Tell all the girls going through what we did to STOP hating themselves. We are here and WILL be there for them. #stopblackgirls2014 I am here for you.