“What’s My Name?” Certainly not what a racist hotel guest or a Dutch magazine called Rihanna this week. Only day after the Grammy-award winning singer tweeted that she was disrespected while visiting a Portugal hotel, the 23-year old was called “the ultimate niggerbitch” by a Dutch magazine (and they swear they aren’t racist). In response, Rihanna took to Twitter again to voice her disgust for their incredibly offensive article:
“I hope u can read english, because your magazine is a poor representation of the evolution of human rights! I find you disrespectful and rather desperate!! You ran out of legit, civilized information to print! There are 1000’s of Dutch girls who would love to be recognized for their contributions to your country, you could have given them an article. Instead, u paid to print one degrading an entire race! That’s your contribution to this world! To encourage segregation, to mislead the future leaders to act in the past! You put two words together, with the intent of abasement, that made no sense … ‘N—a Bitch’?!….Well with all respect, on behalf of my race, here are my two words for you … F— YOU!!!”
Props to the pop singer for her smart Twitter comeback, but we have to ask: what role has Black popular music played in suggesting that Black women aren’t worthy of respect? Have we taught the world to call us “niggerbitches?” Do we take any of the blame for this?