Discrimination Over ‘Black Girl Magic’ Parking Spots
Seniors at Austin’s Bowie High School have always been allowed to paint designs on their reserved parking spots – until students of color started expressing themselves a bit too boldly.
Senior Kennedy Hartman says when she submitted a painting meant to be a self-portrait of herself, showing an African-American girl wearing a shirt that reads “Black Girl Magic,” school staff didn’t feel comfortable with the phrase, and only approved the design after she removed it.
“Saying black girl magic is like feeling empowering about yourself and feeling like you can accomplish anything as a black girl,” Hartman explained. “A predominantly white school is telling me, whose staff is predominantly white, is telling me I can’t put black girl magic on there.”