When hashtags like the #KylieJennerLipChallenge have teenagers all over the Internet bruising their lips to get the surgically-enhanced pout of the youngest member of the Kardashian-Jenner clan, one starts to worry about the future of our youth. But then we remember that level-headed teens like Amandla Stenberg are out there, intelligently and patiently educating people on cultural appropriation, we start to worry less. Maybe, just maybe, the kids will be alright.
This weekend, Stenberg restored our faith in the youth by using her platform to shine a light on the blatant cultural appropriation of black style Kylie Jenner gleefully participates in while she shows barely any concern for the true issues black people in America face. Jenner posted an image of herself wearing cornrows to Instagram, to which Stenberg replied, “When u appropriate black features and culture but fail to use ur position of power to help black Americans by directing attention towards ur wigs instead of police brutality or racism #whitegirlsdoitbetter.” Ba-ZING.