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I Hate to Say it, But Thank God They Weren’t Black Girls!

I'm always in trouble anyway, so what the heck?

I hate to say it, but I breathed a  semi sigh of relief when I saw that rampantly spreading video of those 8 and 9 year-olds dancing to Beyonce's Single Ladies. (If you've been under a virtual rock, check it out below)

I was holding my breathe expecting to see a group of brown faces.

Finally, a national uproar regarding inappropriate behavior among young girls that doesn't include black kids.

Now we all know that our kids are unfortunately notorious for droppin' like its hot when they can't read and bustin every latest dance move when they can't do math. And not in the name of competitive dance.

And unlike these, in my opinion, naive, white parents who appeared on national television, we've never had the guise of "technical moves" or a dance competition to hide behind to make excuses for our kids.

Now I must say, these girls were fierce!! And that brunette in the front was definitely going gangsta with it and then the little blonde toward the end just kills it!!

But I think we all know someone in our extended family who could have given those girls a run for their money at 3 years old, let alone 8 or 9.  And half the family would be standing around saying, "Go Taniquanaynay!, Go! Go! Go! "

But, seriously,  what  I really love is how some white parents have explained it away—pointing to the Alvin and the Chipmunks movie (instead of giving the Queen B her props), and talk of standard dance costuming. Umm, weren't they supposed to be wearing flesh colored leotards or something? 

But when our girls do these things, the sad state of our community values tends to take the blame. Or the question get asked, where is that child's mother?

Looks like those values have gone mainstream. Or more to the point, they were always theirs in the first place but we just took the heat.

At the end of the day, all  girls are growing up far too quickly in this society. I've said it before (check out my recent commentary on Essence.com or Momlogic.com ) and I'll say it again. We have to reclaim childhood and girlhood for every young girl in America–even those in competitive dance.

And maybe now, we can all see that it's not just a black girl problem and that we are all in this together.

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