IN THE NEWS | White Americans Have Weaponized the Idea of Girlhood

White Americans have weaponized the idea of girlhood

The racial double standard is plaguing ideas of youthful innocence

By Crystal Webster

Washington Post

“History has shown Ponsetto how to deploy girlhood and Whiteness because categories of race and childhood are not discrete but are contextual, racialized and gendered, and that she may use them as she sees fit. And in her defiance against being apologetic or accountable, Ponsetto apparently believes she has mastered her performance of them. It may appear that this performance is ludicrous or foolish, and it is. But it is also historically rooted, racist and violently dangerous.”