There has been an epidemic that has been sweeping the internets and has affected people like Tyler Oakley and countless other white gay men. Thankfully, the good folks at BuzzFeed found a cure for it in the form of this nifty quiz. So, I am going to piggy back off of them and let this affected know the following: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS AN INNER BLACK WOMAN.
You do not have one, the drag queen in the club up the street doesn’t have one and none of your friends have one either. As an actual black woman, every time I hear someone claim an inner black woman I cringe. They seem to think it’s cute or create camadarie with black women when in reality, its plain racist.
The stereotype of the neck rolling, finger pointing and “all HELL NAW” exclaiming black woman is an old one. Her original name is Sapphire and she dates back to the 1800s. Sapphire has been depicted as an obnoxious harpie that gets her jollies from berating her husband and kids. She was used to show that black women aren’t women because of how they supposedly emasculate black men. That was used to justify the enslavement of black people because they supposedly did not know how to act in “decent” society. The inner black woman phenomenon reeks of Sapphire because it suggests that these white gay men have an uncouth alter ego that comes out in the form of a black woman. That suggests that black women are inherently uncouth and obnoxious. While I have been know to yell “aw hell naw!” in several situations and I can talk loud sometimes, I have some sense and so do millions of other black women. I don’t appreciate being anyone’s alter ego anymore than some gay men like seeing themselves portrayed as a sassy accessory to women in television and movies.
That being said, I applaud BuzzFeed for creating that little quiz because they proved a great point: if you aren’t an outer black woman, you do not have an inner one.
What do you think of the inner black woman trope? Leave a comment!