Ashley C. Ford, published a rebuttal to last night’s piece (also on Elle) explaining why Linda Chaver’s piece didn’t make sense. It’s really good as expected, so you should read the whole thing, but this is my favourite quote:
What makes black girls magic is not an inherent access to some form of super strength. Magic is about knowing something that others don’t know or refuse to see. When a black woman is successful, and the world refuses to see her blood, sweat, and tears behind the win, what does it look like? Magic. It’s not for them. It’s for us.
Black girls and women have been routinely denied their humanity in the face of a world ruled by racism, sexism, colorism, classism, and the enduring belief that our backs were built to carry what others would consider unimaginable burden. When we call ourselves beautiful anyway, when we succeed anyway, when we cry though they might never have imagined we had the capacity to feel so deeply, and when they find themselves wanting to imitate us anyway, that’s Black Girl Magic. We defy the limits they set for us, lies we refuse to enroll in. It’s not about tapping into something supernatural, it’s about claiming or reclaiming what others have refused to see.
She articulated my feelings so well.