Twitter is the virtual birthplace of many a discussion about race relations, stereotypes and cultural misconceptions on a weekly basis, and this week it was the #AllBlackGirlsDont hashtag that sparked the chatter.
As is the case with most trending topics on social media, the origin of the #AllBlackGirlsDont hashtag remains unknown, but its’ purpose is seemingly self-explanatory: highlight and dispel the stereotypical myths associated with “black girl behavior” one tweet at a time. At first, the topic and the trend got off to a very positive start, with Black women chiming in from every corner of cyberspace to uplift themselves and their fellow woman of color through simple but bold statements about all of the things that come together to make us Black women so magical.
#allblackgirlsdont have low self-esteem 😒. We know ourselves & we know our worth & will no longer devalue ourselves ❗
— 💎 (@Chrismiline) July 31, 2015
#AllBlackGirlsDont just sit around and do nothing. Most of us are going to school to become something in life. We have dreams & ambition
— Kayla Wayla 🦋 (@KoolKidkayy_) July 31, 2015
— Kiimmy Kimani. (@KiimmyKay) July 31, 2015
👩🏿👩🏽👩🏾#AllBlackGirlsDont Don't need weave, makeup or even fancy clothes to be pretty. Some of em are just glowing with beauty 😍🙌😊
— Andy B. (@itisandyy) July 31, 2015
In addressing negative ideas of black femininity we replace old stereotypes with respectability politics-centric new ones #AllBlackGirlsDont
— Amanda Bennett (@theamandashow16) August 3, 2015
These #AllBlackGirlsDont tweets 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 yasss ! Empower us 💅🏾💪🏾
— braytoven🦋 (@2Charmzz_____) August 3, 2015
Unfortunately, the “positivity” didn’t last very long before the hashtag began to turn negative. Instead of highlighting things like the beauty, differences, strength and intelligence of Black women, the hashtag became a sounding board for people to pass judgement and highlight why one type of Black woman is better than the next.
#AllBlackGirlsDont have obnoxious hair colors
— the beans 😎 (@_kaitbythepound) July 31, 2015
#AllBlackGirlsDont grow up to be a stripper, or not have goals …. We don't all have kids by the age of 18💪🏽🙌🏾💯
— Shannia 😍 (@0v3rShannia) July 31, 2015
#AllBlackGirlsDont walk out the house in pajamas with there hair tied up in a scarf .
— ari💓 (@itsplaygirlari) July 31, 2015
#AllBlackGirlsDont Draw On Their Eyebrows Or Wear Weave !
— иααℓα✨💛 (@Alexisnaala_) July 31, 2015
#AllBlackGirlsDont have deadbeat baby daddies. Last time I checked it's just white single moms on MTV 🐸☕️ but no stereotypes about them huh?
— PRO-BLACK. (@_honeeydipp) August 3, 2015
#AllBlackGirlsDont Throw themselves on every available and/or unavailable male
— 👑🖤 (@honeycocopuff) July 31, 2015
Although the overall positive message of the hashtag fell short of resonating with some in the end, the idea that Black women are so much more than what the stereotypes of society try to limit us to being was thankfully not lost on many that chose to engage in the discussion.