After it was revealed that the divisive hashtag #EndFathersDay was an orchestrated attack by 4chan members pretending to be feminist of color, several outspoken Twitter users fought back, outing perpetrators who seem fueled by their hatred toward Black women.
According to Buzzfeed, the #EndFathersDay tag was just one piece of a larger movement, dubbed “Operation: Lollipop,” which was aimed at embarrassing Black women by hoping to cause division among feminists of color.
These fake users, comprised mostly of Men’s Rights Activists, assumed the identity of women of color to co-opt the conversations about feminism, racism, and sexism that Black women have been engaging in online.
Once Operation: Lollipop was exposed, Black Twitter users (and their allies) began outing possible trolls under the hashtag #YourSlipIsShowing.
The 4chan trolls shouldn’t be dismissed as a prank or simple trolling but viewed as a violent act of anti-Black misogyny #YourSlipIsShowing
— zellie (@zellieimani) June 19, 2014
Black feminists were the targets of the plot because racism. And Black feminists fought it off handily: #YourSlipisShowing:
— Shelby Knox (@ShelbyKnox) June 17, 2014
This wasn’t a prank. The idea was to get folks to decry feminism because of its radical fringe. Of “black bitches.” #YourSlipISShowing
— Fiqah (@sassycrass) June 19, 2014
User @sassycrass documented the #YourSlipIsShowing movement on Storify.
Though pretending to be a woman to harass other women is troubling enough, even more worrisome is the coordinated attack against Black women. The men of “Operation: Lollipop” that have assumed identities—some even of “sassy” Black women—show they don’t just hate women, but are particularly disturbed and loathsome of empowered, outspoken Black women.
Thankfully, Black women on Twitter are undeterred by this latest assault, fighting back vigorously while vowing to continuing to build diverse coalitions that will affect change.