Sh*t White Girls Say to Black Girls is one of the latest videos to take the Internet by storm, having been viewed by over 4 million in less than a week. The creator, Franchesca Ramsey, a young, dark skin, Black woman with locs throws on a blond wig and goes IN, reenacting remarks made by “white girls”. At first I was bewildered by the sensation of this video. This isn’t news. Is it? My friends of color and I were used to these same ignorant or shall I say ign’t comments made about our race …from another race. But then I realized that our kitchen table conversations are rarely up for discussion on a platform with global reach, so this was news for many.
Despite the familiarity of the subject, most of my Black girl friends find the video hysterical… truth that resonates tends to do that. Meanwhile, a lot of non-Black girls aren’t laughing. One person even went off on a rant after being insulted by the line about Jews. (Now y’all know you cannot talk about Jews!)
Oftentimes things go viral but the message gets missed. If you’ve read Ramsey’s interview in the Huffington Post it reveals that the video is based on TRUTH…a truth that needs addressing. Unfortunately, if you’re not familiar with how many of us “Black girls” feel in our interracial relationships you think the actor started this fight.
White friends of mine have told me that white people don’t like talking about race and especially NOT slavery. And lawd knows Black people are conscious of what white people think. But if we don’t talk about it we’re only continuing this cycle of everyone either being misunderstood or insulted. So what now?
Regardless of your race, if someone says some ignorant sh*t, CALL THEM OUT (without getting physical or stank pleeease.) As Urban Chameleons we sometimes tend to fear the consequences and chameleon into silence. But part of being an Urban Chameleon is helping someone else to become one…by exposing them to your truth so that the next time they encounter someone like you they won’t say some ignorant sh*t and real conversation can begin.
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Definitions of an Urban Chameleon:
1)A person who seamlessly transitions into corporate culture from its social climbing ladders back out into their bilingual, patois, urban slang speaking, hip winding, kinky hair handling, curry spice eating culture.
2)One who watches CNN and Boondocks, listens to Jay Z and Mozart, eats sushi and fried chicken.
3)A citizen of the world who uninhibitedly moves with ease (between race and class) (between communities).