The Double Standard: Aggressive White Woman Privilege

Black Girl Wondering and Praying...

It was after watching an episode of one of my favorite shows, Dance Moms that I realized that white women can get away with behavior that Black women cannot. If you aren’t familiar with the show Dance Moms it is basically about a group of mothers (all white, with the exception of one) who travel with their young daughters around the country to compete in Dance Competitions. Although the dancing is beautiful, the show is more focused on the mothers, who live vicariously through their daughters, and the unconventional and brash dance instructor.

Some of the mothers are more competitive about dancing than their daughters are..and pretty much in every episode, the mothers will fight with other mothers over things such as dance solos, costumes, featured roles in dances etc. It is not unusual for the mothers to act aggressively toward each other. Usually, the mothers will just curse at…

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