A positive and uplifting cartoon titled “Self Worth” circulated the internet depicting a Black woman stepping over her obstacles of last year– like jealousy, heartbreak, negativity and temper– to embrace a new year with “love”, “peace”, “focus” and “God” to guide her. It was drawn by a Black female artist that can be found on Instagram @Peniel_Enchill, whose work is dedicated to Black beauty and high fashion.

Sadly, the pic was altered by an obviously misogynistic, confused, fellow that goes by the twitter handle @MrGotcha_Bitch.

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Here is a look at some of the, in his own words, “more real” (or realistic, I suppose) changes he decided were necessary:

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The second cartoon displays a Black woman stepping into the New Year, visibly pregnant (despite the fact that she had abortions in the year 2014?). The whereabout of her hair bun and her boyfriend are also in question. Luckily, the woman has somehow managed to maintain her self-esteem, even though she spent the year prior “tricking”, “boosting” and “lying”.

Many Black women took to message boards to express disgust and dismay about the changes made to the image, calling it “disgusting”, “degrading” and an obvious “attack on Black women”.  If nothing else, the cartoon was most certainly an attack on the Black female artist’s work.

Yet, it seems that the man responsible for such negative reactions sees this as nothing more than a joke. When asked what he thought about all of the women who were offended by the “parody”, he responded, “when I see something I don’t like I keep it moving…. I don’t troll people……. ”

Okay. It is obvious that we should not expect any degree of intelligence from this human being, but is he serious? By taking the work of a Black female artist, made to inspire and uplift other Black woman, and degrading the imagery and purpose, he is doing precisely what he is angry others have (and will continue to do) to him: trolling. Per a quick Wikipedia search of the word: “a troll is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous or off-topic messages in an online community with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response.”

@MrGotcha_Bitch, you are a troll.

Furthermore, your humor is baseless, tactless and quickly reveals why you have only managed to accrue 597 followers, despite filling the online world with 10.9k of your mostly misogynistic, immature and distasteful comedy. It comes as no surprise that the man who uses the word “bitch”, “bae” or “dick” in almost every post was only acquainted with misguided, lying, cheating and tricking Black women in 2014 who would inspire the creation of such depressing “parodies”.

Perhaps, in the year 2015, you should aspire to surround yourself with more intelligent, productive, hard-working, beautiful Black women, like the wonderful young lady who took the time and effort to produce quality art. That may require that you introduce some words other than “niggas” or “bitch” to your repertoire, though. Not sure if you could manage that. Still, I will give you a few words to start with: 1. misogyny, 2. propaganda” and (pardon me, this last one is a phrase) 3. black self-hate”.

After that rudimentary education, you may come to understand why so many Black women are not laughing at your comedy.

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  • neceyluv

    Thanks for inspiring me to follow the original artist on IG! That’s MY takeaway!

  • Tonididitonem

    But seriously. Most of these black men are raised by single black women so really who is teaching this anti-blackness to them?! It’s frightening.

    • mmmdot

      Stop worrying about what GROWN black women are doing, and concentrate on making it to the end of the day without getting locked up. Kay, THUG?

    • Tonididitonem

      You meant that to be rude and you thought I was a black male but I’m a nigerian American WOMAN who just happened to notice most of the anti blackness I notice that comes from black men are men raised by single moms so again I ask who is teaching it to them?! Society?! Or women who themselves have internalized negative stereotypes about black women and pass it on to their children. Black women who call their kids n-words and such and tell their sons to only bring home light skin women. I’ve seen it. And there is the fact that most of these men don’t think much of black women to begin with because of what they see in their MOTHERS.

      And concentrate on making it to the end of the day without getting locked up?! Yikes. Are you black?! Is this what you think of black men?! We are doomed as a race.

    • mmmdot

      Excuse you?!? All I have to say to your anti-black sexist fuckery is that being black does not mean that you can’t be patriarchal, insensitive, or outright hostile to Black womanhood. There are PLENTY of Black women who have internalized this anti-black gendered racism and colorism and they don’t value Black womanhood either. YOU appear to be one of them.

      You ALSO appear to be an ethnocentric piece of garbage. Guess what? I’m the child of immigrants and I was raised in a married two parent home as well. But I *STILL* know better than to look down my damn nose at African-Americans or single black mothers of any ethnicity. Whatever point you THOUGHT you were making, you are WRONG, and you sound deluded.

      Blaming WOMEN for the behavior of grown ass men is internalized sexism through and through. Point. Blank. Period. Instead of worrying about what OTHER people are doing, and how much better you erroneously *think* you are than other people of African descent who happen to be of other nationalities and ethnicities, take your issues to therapy.

    • Tonididitonem

      You’re a clown. I’m far from one of those women who are patriachal princesses. You’re a hypocrite. You just said “try to make it through the day without being locked up” when you thought I was a black man. That’s anti-blackness rearing its head. Goodbye.

      And you suffer from internalized bias. No one thinks they’re better than anyone. I merely pointed out a pattern. This is why things are the way they are gig can’t have conversations with people without them being confrontational and combative. Bleh. I’m going to bed. Stop crying about anti-blackness when you exhibit the same nonsense.

    • mmmdot

      You are an ethnocentric piece of garbage. I’m the child of immigrants and I was raised in a married two parent home as well. But I *STILL* know better than to look down my damn nose at African-Americans OR single black mothers of any ethnicity. Whatever point you THOUGHT you were making, you are WRONG, and you sound deluded.

    • Tonididitonem

      Girl bye. Like majority of people who mock blue ivy and gabby Douglass and bullied them over their hair aren’t black women. One day you’ll realize the truth that this nonsense is taught to these men by people in their family. People who raised them. And till this day majority of people who bullied me over my hair texture and skin tone when I first arrived in America were BLACK WOMEN. not every black woman is an innocent bystander in this garbage. So spare me this nonsense. Both black men and women have a hands in damaging black women’s reputation some black women are hand maidens sooner you accept the truth we can move forward.

    • mmmdot

      All I have to say to your anti-black sexist fuckery is that being black does not mean that you can’t be patriarchal, insensitive, or outright hostile to Black womanhood. There are PLENTY of Black women who have internalized this anti-black gendered racism and colorism and they don’t value Black womanhood either. YOU are one of them.

    • Tonididitonem

      You’re picking a fight with the wrong human being if you knew me in real life you’d know I’m a fierce advocate for black women but I won’t be one of those black people who act like all black people are right and whites are wrong. It doesn’t foster accountability. Black women exhibit misogyny and colorism too is what I’m telling you. No one is blaming black women but who is teaching these kids this nonsense?!?! Who?!?! I don’t see this nonsense in any other group of black individuals outside of the United states and sometimes britain who who is teaching this to them?

      I don’t value black womanhood? What a load of shit. You’ve read bell hooks and Audrey lorde and you’re seething with anger and now you’ve decided to come sister souljah on clutch. Girl bye. I have somewhere to be. Done with this convo.

    • mmmdot

      People who say fuckery like this: “I won’t be one of those black people who act like all black people are right and whites are wrong.” usually don’t understand white supremacy/ racism. I don’t know how else to help you with your ETHNOCENTRISM, INTERNALIZED SEXISM, your WARPED conception of racism, or your inability to conceive of how SYSTEMIC OPPRESSION works except to say that if you you need to start from the place knowing better than to BLAME WOMEN for the BEHAVIOR of GROWN ASS BLACK MEN. There are better ways to be “accountable” than coming on here and insinuating that all the disgusting, misogynistic black men we see are the products of African-American single mothers.

      You COULD try starting from the place of recognizing that we all live in patriarchal, white supremacist culture that hates black women and inculcates people who are insensitive and hostile to Black womanhood no matter WHO raised them. You also need to stop being ethnocentric and stop looking down your It’s a signifies internalized sexism. I will say this, I think a good book to check out would be by a professor of anthropology named Audrey Smedley. It’s called “Race in North America: Origin and Evolution of a Worldview”. She REALLY breaks down the history of race and racism and the differences between the different racial systems that exist around the globe.

    • Tonididitonem

      See. See. Look at yourself. How productive of a dialogue we are now having. Your seething anger was making it impossible for me to learn from you or you seeing my point. Less anger and name calling. more dialogue thanks. And yes black men’s behavior is very bery hurtful and I call them out. But I also call out black women who carry this legacy and teach it to their kids. thanks for the book suggestion.

    • mmmdot

      Excuse you, you pulled out the number one tactic of TYPICAL misogynistic black male trolls who SPECIFICALLY come to websites for black women in order to troll, harass, insult, and denigrate us: BLAME BLACK WOMEN for the misogynistic behavior of GROWN ASS BLACK MEN. That’s damn near as despicable as blaming black people for white people racism. Don’t do that next time and you won’t set off alarm bells and get a hostile reaction.

    • Tonididitonem

      I’m pretty sure hostile and angry is the norm for you. I sincerely hope you find peace because you seem proper pissed at black men.

    • mmmdot

      Bringing your stupid TROLLING ass on here to BLAME WOMEN for the BEHAVIOR of GROWN ASS MEN is internalized sexism through and through. Point. Blank. Period. Instead of worrying about what OTHER people are doing, and how much better you erroneously *think* you are than other people of African descent who happen to be of other nationalities and ethnicities, take your issues to therapy.

    • Tonididitonem

      I was like you once. Blindly blaming whites and black men. Then it dawned on me that all white people could be wiped off the earth and white supremacy and colorism will still persist because black people have internalized it so much. It also dawned on me that black men could be wiped off the earth and the degradation of Black women will still be perpetuated by ….you guessed it OTHER BLACK WOMEN. Stop letting yourselves off the hook.

    • Tonididitonem

      Says the chick who told me to make it a whole day without getting arrested when she thought I was a black man. Thereby stereotyping all black men as criminals and thugs but is mad about a picture stereotyping black women. This tit for tat crap won’t help black people. I have a wonderful black father and two black brothers and tons of black men in my family none of whom have ever been to jail or prison. You tried it.

    • mmmdot

      Bringing your stupid ass on here to BLAME WOMEN for the BEHAVIOR of GROWN ASS MEN is internalized sexism through and through. Point. Blank. Period. Instead of worrying about what OTHER people are doing, and how much better you erroneously *think* you are than other people of African descent who happen to be of other nationalities and ethnicities, take your issues to therapy.

    • Tonididitonem

      Pick a fight and stick with it. You’re all over the damn place. First I’m a Thug, then I’m antiblack and now ethnocentric. Where did I ever tell you I was raised in a two parent home?! Was that mentioned? My mother could’ve been a single mom. Where did I mention I was better?! Tsk you’re angry at the word and it shows. Reevaluate.

    • mmmdot

      Bringing your stupid TROLLING ass on here to BLAME WOMEN for the BEHAVIOR of GROWN ASS MEN is internalized sexism through and through. Point. Blank. Period. Instead of worrying about what OTHER people are doing, and how much better you erroneously *think* you are than other people of African descent who happen to be of other nationalities and ethnicities, take your issues to therapy.

    • Tonididitonem

      Stop being so angry.

    • mmmdot

      Instead of worrying about what OTHER people are doing, and how much better you erroneously *think* you are than other people of African descent who happen to be of other nationalities and ethnicities, take your issues to therapy.

    • mmmdot

      You are nothing but a DEMENTED TROLL, but I will say this: A good amount of the black men I meet offline are cool, so I don’t what the fuck is wrong with the black male knuckleheads I encounter online. You would think they’re troglodytes but NO, they’re all NORMAL, average everyday black men – which is FRIGHTENING. Anyway, I’m too through with giving the misogynistic black men I encounter online the benefit of the doubt that we are on the same side because we’re black.

      Some of these hateful, misogynistic black men are LITERALLY coming from a place of out and out hatred and misogyny for black women. They literally have no human compassion for black women at all and they have truly demonstrated the Zora Neale Hurston adage that “All my skinfolk ain’t my kinfolk.” Some of these black “men” literally speak no better of black women than a white supremacist would – and I always fight fire with with fire. They really are in no position to be DEGRADING to black women and I NOW am ENJOYING reminding them of that fact at each and every single turn. That is all. So I repeat: Instead of worrying about what OTHER people are doing, and how much better you erroneously *think* you are than other people of African descent who happen to be of other nationalities and ethnicities, take your issues to therapy.

    • Tonididitonem

      You need therapy more than me. Your soul is troubled. Ranting about black men to me. Misplaced anger. I don’t care. Tell it to black men directly. Damaged ass. The bitterness is repulsive. You enjoy reminding them?! Of What exactly?! That they’re thugs? As those idiots degrade you, you reply with more degradation towards them?!

    • mmmdot

      Your RANTS and your salty bitterness towards black women and African-Americans is what’s repulsive, particularly on a website for BLACK WOMEN. Take your disgusting, demented, damaged trolling ass elsewhere, like straight to therapy. Kay, moron?

  • Tanielle

    This doesn’t bother be at all because the person who altered the photo isn’t the type of man who altered the image isn’t in my purview. He isn’t my family, the type of man that is in my professional work setting, on my radar for dating, or in my social circle. Therefore, I am completely indifferent toward him and his opinions. I don’t see all black men as by “brothas” so that makes it easy to dismiss those that aren’t in my life.

  • [email protected]

    The male (not man since this male is not a real man) who made that mocking-filled image is a disgrace. The Sister Peniel wanted to show a drawing of a Black Woman achieving her goals and overcoming obstacles in a positive way. Her cartoon was beautiful, very artistic, and it showed the excellent message about black women empowerment. The cartoon of Sister Peniel was never meant to express strife among both genders. It was about the positive upliftment of black women in general, which is a great thing. This is why we have to defend black women and their dignity. The only way we can stop evil is to confront it, fight it, and defeat it. Even some of the black “conscious” crowd embraces this overt misogyny and anti-women attitude. These sick misogynists don’t just include people like Tommy Sotomayor and Tariq Nasheed (who are profane-talking, disrespectful people in their own rights). These people are all over the Internet spewing the lie that black women should be treated as second class citizens under the guise of “Black Power.” I believe in Black Love, Black Unity, and Black Power. I will always believe in those concepts forever (as I love Africa with all of my heart, soul, and spirit), but I will never believe in the suppression of the human rights of any woman.

    Black women have the right to advance their aspirations and they have the right to their own human autonomy. The only way where the system of white supremacy can be defeated is when black women and black men are liberated. These anti-women haters omit that Sojourner Truth, Septima Clark, Ella Baker, and other Sisters never wanted to be in the back of the bus. They wanted justice without exception. That is what true freedom is all about. Black people have shed blood and died for the cause of freedom and liberation. We have to continue that fight today.

    Bless Sister Peniel Enchill

  • I am speechless I was not aware of all this gender hate coming from young black males who by the way first teacher was a black women is there anything positive we can savage from this and are these young misguided, hate fill, hurt black males redeemable?