Mia McKenzie’s Open Letter to Quvenzhane Wallis

Writer Mia McKenzie gives us a beautiful antidote to @the Onion's vile attack on the 9-year-old girl

Quvenzhane Wallis

(photo: AP/John Shearer)

Mia McKenzie, founder of the feminist blog Black Girl Dangerous, breaks down the inexplicable attacks on Oscar-nominated young actress Quvenzhane Wallis as she sat beaming with innocent joy at the Oscars:

The thing about being a little black girl in the world is that even when you are the youngest person ever to be nominated for an Academy Award, many people will use the occasion not to hold you up for all of the amazing things you obviously are, but to tear you down for the ways you don’t look like them, the ways your name isn’t their kind of right, the ways you don’t remind them of themselves, the ways you are not blonde or blue-eyed, as if those things could possibly matter when set against the otherworldly talent and beauty and brilliance you possess.‚Äč

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Bridgett M. Davis' latest novel, INTO THE GO-SLOW, will be published by Feminist Press in September '14. Bridgett is the Director of the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program at Baruch College and a founding member of ringShout, a group dedicated to promoting ambitious black literature. As the Books Editor for Bold As Love, she curates Sundays @. . ., a monthly reading series for works in progress.

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