In a series of complaints left on Obama’s Instagram page, folks voiced their disappointment with the first lady for participating in an event that solely highlighted African-American girls.
“I am all for the empowerment of disadvantaged groups, I just don’t see how alienating an oppressed group i.e. women by focusing on a subset of that group, helps anyone,” one commenter wrote.
“If a white person posted this and it said white girls rock…the sh-t would hit the fan,” wrote another person voiced.
The negative feedback from Obama’s appearance at “Black Girls Rock!” comes after #whitegirlsrock became a trending topic on Twitter during last year’s broadcast of the event. On Saturday (March 28), Obama’s personal aide Kristin Jones announced that she would be taking over the first lady’s Instagram account.
“Black Girls Rock is leaving out all other girls of color. Brown is a color, yellow is a color, red is a color and yes, white is still a color. One day racism will end because we no longer NOTICE the color of our fellow human beings. ALL girls rock,” an Instagram user posted.
Despite the criticism, there were many people on Instagram who voiced their support of Obama’s involvement in “Black Girls Rock!.”
“To all my fellow white women: Why is uplifting our sisters of color a bad thing for us, exactly? Go read the news, see a movie, or watch TV, and look at the stereotypes of African Americans still face, especially young women. This group of ladies need to know that that image is not their reality #BlackGirlsRock,” an Instagrammer expressed.
At this time, there has not been any comment made from FLOTUS or her team on the “Black Girls Rock!” appearance backlash.
BET’s “Black Girls Rock!” will air on Sunday (April 5) on BET.
So what say you? Do those criticizing Mrs. Obama and “Black Girls Rock!” have a point or are they off base with what the event is all about? Weigh in below.