I started Black Girls Rock! to honor the many amazing women of our past and present whose unique leadership, strength, resolve, wisdom, talent and spirituality has catalyzed the advancement of humanity, yet who are often left uncelebrated or have gone under the radar in mainstream media and history. The affirmation Black Girls Rock! does not mean other girls don’t rock, nor is Black Girls Rock! an ornamental phrase used to cloak ourselves in vanity. Saying that we rock is a response to the tremendous neglect that black girls feel when they grow up in a society, or, as Mara Brock Akil said in her 2013 Black Girls Rock! acceptance speech, “where they grow up in a home where their picture is not on the wall.”
It’s insulting and quite nervy for a social media mob to attack a platform that affirms positive
Jordan Marks, executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based National Public Pension Coalition, which represents public-sector workers across the nation, told The Root that the group is working with local unions to appeal the decision. Many of the workers, such as firefighters, do not qualify for Social Security because they did not pay into the system.
An analysis by the Atlantic noted, “Single mothers earn incomes that place them well below married mothers in the income ladder. According to Pew, married mothers earned a median family income of $80,000 in 2011, almost four times more than families led by a single mom.” Thirty percent of single mothers are currently living in poverty. As a result, half of the children currently being raised by single mothers are living in poverty, with the majority being black or Hispanic.
Melphine Evans filed the suit against BP West Coast Products, BP Products North America and nine people, seeking damages for race and gender discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination. She had worked for the company for 10 years.
Members of Westboro Baptist have also protested at military funerals, saying that soldiers are “burning in hell because they died defending a morally bankrupt America.” The group has also taken to social media to attack celebrities, most recently Paul Walker, who made it onto their radar for refusing to “to serve his Creator,” the Daily News reports.