Black women supporting each other through the #BlackGirlFollowTrain trend has caused some backlash from white female TikTok users.
When looking for content on social media, it can be challenging for women of color to find information about their specific hair texture, skin type, interests, etc. So, when searching for something, they’ll follow it up with “black woman” to ensure the right content populates the search engine. To connect with like-minded women and root for each other, Black TikTok users started the #BlackGirlFollowTrain on the popular app. While Black women have been enjoying finding new friends, white women are complaining that the movement is racist.
User @thewokemama posted a video on her page highlighting a white woman who was offended by the trend. At the beginning of the video, the unknown woman tells a man who can be heard in the background to “go away” about her disliking the popular trend. He told her she would be banned, and she yelled that she “will not get banned” and that she was “going to say it.”
“I have been seeing this trend on TikTok about skin color,” she started her teary-eyed rant. “Join me if you’re Black. Join the Black girl train. What if I got on there and said join the white girl train?”
She continued, “Stop the racism. Everybody is equal. Everybody is the same. We’re all the same. Stop segregating and alienating people because of skin color. I hate that trend.”
When she concluded, she began crying. Other users couldn’t believe this was a conversation topic and laughed in the comment section.
“The scream I scrumpt. The dude in the background TRIED to warn her 😂😂😂😂,” one user commented.
“I love the ‘It’s not going to end well for you’ in the background. 😂😂😂,” another commenter agreed.
“WHYYYY IS SHE CRYINGGGG????😂😂😂😂😂,” one Black woman asked.
In response, popular TikTok user Ari Jai, known as @jaijoha, called out white women in a two-minute video for being outraged by something that doesn’t involve or affect them in any way, shape or form.
“One thing I can’t stand is an insufferable group of people whose been afforded every f**king privilege and still want to whine about everything,” she began. “Y’all content is already pushed on this app by default. Everything, no matter what we search, y’all pop up. In order for us to find ourselves we have to type in search and then ‘black girl’ at the end.”
“In order for us to travel the f**king world we have to search whether it’s safe for us, and that’s because of people who look just like you, but y’all even want control of the trivial s**t. And that’s why you see so many communities of color banning together and excluding you from s**t because you don’t know how to be a guest in anybody else’s space,” she continued.
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Ari Jai ended the video with some advice to white women in an uproar over the trend.
“Stay the f**k off our s**t, mind your own f**king business, and quit trying to impose yourselves where you don’t belong or are not welcome.”
The majority of her comment section agreed with what she said.
“Sis didn’t even breathe through this read😂😂 sis, you got my follow,” a woman commented.
“ALL OF THIS! I stopped scrolling because of your beautiful hair. your words made me hit the follow. ur jewelry made me scream YASSSS SIS!” another said.
“I agree sosososo much. this trend is so unbelievably empowering and i’m grateful to be a spectator watching good things happen for y’all,” a third person agreed.