Taylor Swift is a very specific kind of “Becky with the Good Hair”. Swift embodies a very particular and dangerous form of White femininity that has actively participated in violence against Black bodies. Unfortunately, Swift is neither the first nor the last to wield her white femininity against both Black men and women. Nicki Minaj and Kanye West are unfortunate victims in a legacy of racist White ladies. The scripts Taylor adopts are just as unoriginal as her corny ass songs. Here are some people Taylor Swift emulates/could have been in another life:
- The slave owner’s wife who upon learning that her husband has been raping some of the female slaves, sells said slave’s children away from her.
- The White women who were patrons at human zoos and gawked at West African women like Sarah Baartman (kind of like how Taylor Swift gawks at these Black women’s twerking butts).
- White suffragettes who sought to uphold white supremacy because votes for women meant votes for WHITE women.
- Every woman who used the White hetero-patriarchy’s straight up obsession with protecting the virtue of White women to get Black men lynched.
- The White women who stood outside of William Frantz Elementary School every morning to scream at Ruby Bridges.
- The White women still fighting for segregation today.
- The White women in Brooklyn who are disturbed by the noise emitted from Black teenagers having fun at a park They are currently seeking to change the park’s basketball courts into tennis courts because a sign saying “Whites Only” would have been too blatant.
- The White women who use Black women’s bodies as props…oh wait the bitch did that.
You may sneer at this seemingly “low-brow” petty fest (or argue that there are more important issues), but this is so much more than memes and hashtags. A rich, famous White woman employed the strategies she inherited to preserve her image and denigrate a Black man. This time it backfired. Today we play The Life of Pablo at full volume.