US diplomat raises eyebrows by asking whether Afghans know about ‘#BlackGirlMagic and the movement it inspired’

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A U.S. diplomat raised eyebrows by publicly asking whether Afghans are acquainted with “#BlackGirlMagic and the movement it inspired” and whether women and girls in that nation “need a similar movement.”

“Are Afghans familiar with #BlackGirlMagic and the movement it inspired? Do Afghan girls need a similar movement? What about Afghan Women? Teach me, ready to learn,” tweeted Karen Decker, Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Mission to Afghanistan.

Decker included the hashtag “#BlackHistoryMonth” and tagged Beyoncé, Lizzo, and Regina King in the post.

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The U.S. pulled out of Afghanistan in 2021, leaving that country under the control of the Taliban, which oppresses women and girls.

“I’m not the same person anymore,” Noura, a 20-year-old Afghan woman, said, according to the Associated Press. “Since the Taliban came, I feel like I’m dead.” She had previously played sports, but the Taliban has banned women and girls from athletics, according to the outlet. Females have also been banned from college, high school, and middle school, according to the AP.

Lawmakers and others commented on the American diplomat’s peculiar “#BlackGirlMagic” post.

“This is unfortunately not a parody account,” GOP Rep. Dan Bishop of North Carlolina tweeted.

“We are ruled by unserious people,” Republican Ohio Sen. J.D. Vance wrote.

“What an embarrassment. And a perfect example of the Biden Administration prioritizing wokeness over competence,” GOP Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas tweeted.

“And they said the adults were back in charge…” GOP Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas tweeted.

“Every time an American diplomat tweets, I become 25% more isolationist,” conservative commentator Michael Knowles tweeted.

“In case Americans need any more examples of why Biden foreign policy is failing so miserably around the world,” former Nevada attorney general Adam Paul Laxalt wrote.

State Department spokesperson Ned Price said that to his understanding, Decker drafted the tweet but that the messaging had not been cleared by the department in Washington. Price described the messaging as “inappropriate” as well as “ineffective”

Department of State Daily Press Briefing – February 15, 2023 – 2:15

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