Another Message From The Desk of Amandla Stenberg: ‘Black Features Are Beautiful. Black Women Are Not’

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Over the weekend, Amandla Stenberg and Kylie Jenner were the talk of the Twitter and Tumblr sphere after Stenberg called out Jenner and her latest appropriation antic.

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After their quick comment and rebuttal, most chatter from the teens was quiet until late last night. Educating her followers, Jenner’s followers, and Jenner, the 16-year-old posted a well-written understanding of her issues when it comes to black and white women regarding the terms of beauty.


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Not one to mince her words, she began in all caps writing, “Black features are beautiful. Black women are not. White women are paragons of virtue and desire. Black women are objects of fetishism and brutality.”

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She then went on to explain her introduction before expanding on the double standards of beauty and stigmas when it comes to color. Shen then ended her lesson with a question—as all great teachers often do: “As a culture shifts and racial tensions are tested through a vehicle called the #BlackLivesMatter movement, it is important to question: Do female black lives matter too”?

 

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