A White Girl Captioned Her Photoshoot “Melanin” & Said Ancestry.com Told Her She Had A Black Grandfather

August 17, 2017  |  
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When you come from a place and position of power and privilege, when your look is the standard of beauty which much of the world seeks to emulate, it can be hard to relinquish that…or even be faced with the threat of having to relinquish that. If I had to bet money, I’d argue that’s the real, root reason for these White supremacist groups exist. But today’s discussion isn’t that deep. It’s about a woman who thought it would be a good idea to include herself in a beauty conversation created by and for Black people.
At first, I wanted to argue that perhaps she didn’t know what melanin meant? But she included the chocolate bar. So I think she’s clear on the definition.

The reaction was…pretty consistent with how Black Twitter gets down.

At first, I was feeling a bit sorry for Vicky, with Black Twitter picking on her and all. Then I saw this video she released this NSFW video in response.


I don’t know if I’d take it that far because there are some people who genuinely don’t know. But this person raises a good point. (Not to mention she didn’t pull up her Ancestry results which never go away.) Physically, she doesn’t look Black. The world doesn’t treat her as Black, yet she’s co-opted Black slang and phrases used to empower and uplift Black people. The real shame is that she can’t seem to understand why Black people who are undeniably Black, those of us who can’t pass, would take issue with her photo. I was done with her use of the n-word.
This girl knows what she’s doing gassing Black folk on the internet and making up reasons to say words reserved for Black people.

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