via Buzzfeed

via Buzzfeed

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.

From a now defunct Operation: Lollipop Tumblr account. Photo: Buzzfeed

From a now defunct Operation: Lollipop Tumblr account. Photo: Buzzfeed

Once Operation: Lollipop was exposed, Black Twitter users (and their allies) began outing possible trolls under the hashtag #YourSlipIsShowing.

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.

  • mdottwo

    Your hostility towards black women is showing. You are so blinded by your sense of victimization that you can’t see or hear rational thought – it is you who is in charge of your manhood. If you don’t have it, it’s because you have lost it; black women didn’t take it away from you.

    “Women have dominated the black family for generations but you still
    think the issue is their being subjugated to black men who are lucky if
    they can live in the same house with their children.”

    You mean black women have been in charge of black families for generations, because black men have been abandoning black women and their families for generations. Then, like you, complain about black women being in-charge.

    I have never identified myself as a feminist, white or otherwise. Liberal Jewish east coast women, who founded the feminist movement, like Gloria Steinem, Susan Brownmiller, Gerda Lerner, Shulamuth Firestone, Kate Millett, Bella Abzug could not then, and neither can their predecessors now set the profile for my personal identity. I view life through my prism, and my experiences, and my history, and my personal power. You need to separate them and their agendas out of this conversation. They bear no impact here. My thoughts, attitudes and perspectives are indigenous to my life as an black woman, who lives squarely inside of African American culture in the US. No group of outside women can sic me upon black men. The fact that you think black women can be manipulated by white feminists proves that you know little, and understand less about the women you so mindlessly berate.

    “Abusing men this way you do leads to self hate. Such people care little for themselves and less for others.”

    Demanding that African American men own up their manhood, and be providers, protectors and promoters of African American women and children is not a culturally abusive act. It is a wise request rendered by black women that would force black men to join all the other men of the world who are keenly aware that their collective power is inextricably connected to their ability to police themselves, demand respect for their way of life, and the elevation of their own women and children. When men of any culture, do these things, they garner the respect, loyalty, love and honor of their women and children. They earn the right to lead. Their women and children speak well of them; the outside world will hear about their strength and will respect them. This type of power is not given to black men by black women. Black men will have to fight for and take their place at the table of the world order of men.

    Black male counter culture, is on trial here. Black male counter culture is sexually predatory. It is brutal and without conscious. Any group of men who refer to themselves as “players” (meaning that they play sexual games with the lives of women and children), who call one another “dog”(meaning they will have sex with any and everything then get up and walk away), who create a hip-hop generation that promotes music about sexual battery on black women; who brazenly before the world, call African American women “bitches, hoes, hoochie-mommas, etc., who degrade and devalues any black girl or woman darker than a brown paper bag, is most definitely and are without a doubt THE PROBLEM. No other male culture on earth has ever done/or is performing such despicable acts of cultural suicide. Reasonable, courageous black men will have to come together to end this black male cultural holocaust.

    Any group of men who defile, degrade, debase, devalue, reject then abandon their own women have targeted themselves for extinction.

  • Jihan McDonald

    the people who perpetrated the hoax specifically assumed the identities of women of color making it racist. the people sharing the information aren’t adding anything to it that the perpetrators did not intend.

    “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.”

    try reading the article before you comment, it’ll help you keep your troll mask on, i promise.

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