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Do you have an “inner black woman?” Well, if you’re a non-black person who is likely to say “Hell Nah!” exclaim “you don’t need no man” and embrace your sassy side given the right circumstances then an “inner black woman” is hiding beneath your composed, diplomatic exterior, according to a recent trend in internet memes.

The “inner black woman” memes call on and exploit almost every stereotype associated with black women from the belief that we all have an attitude to our alleged predisposition for eating poorly and excessively.

Here are a few social media posts BuzzFeed pulled from Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook about everyone’s “inner black woman”:

She is independent and doesn’t need (or have) a man:

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She eats fast food and weights 500 pounds:

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She is prone to physical violence:

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The stereotypes are terribly ignorant and distasteful, and BuzzFeed‘s quiz cleverly puts internet users in their place with a simple question at the end of the post:

If you relate to any of the above scenarios, take this one-question quiz to find out whether you actually have an inner black woman!

  1. 1. Do you also have an outer black woman, i.e., are you actually a black woman?
    1. Yes
    2. No

 

Once you answer, you’ll see the genius results.

Clutchettes and Gents, have you encountered these posts?

  • http://parentingbytheseatofmypants.wordpress.com greendoondoon

    The inner white woman in me will give a blowie to my best friend’s boyfriend and then say “I was drunk and a beej really isn’t cheating!”

  • http://gravatar.com/jhenisis jhenisis

    @The Other Jess, I feel you on limiting the energy you give to ignorant individuals you cross paths with personally. Unfortunately, the reason black folks should care what any other group thinks about us is because we don’t yet have the socio-economic and political clout to dismiss the opinions of others and still have the best interests of our group protected. We have concern about our image in the media because especially middle class to rich descendants of Europeans still have the power to systematically and institutionally make our lives more difficult based on their opinions of us.

    That is what makes Paula Deen’s doubling down on her racist comments after a failed apology and the Supreme Court overturning a piece of the Voting Rights Act so troubling. Because white people are relatively more privileged in American society, their “personal opinions” actually have the power to translate into policy- official and unofficial, spoken and unspoken.
    Maybe in the year 2053 we’ll have to deal with how Latino folks view us and whether or not that puts us in a worse place image-wise than we are now.

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