Do Persecuted Afghan Women Need #BlackGirlMagic?

By Jason Scott Jones Published on February 22, 2023

The Biden administration continues to beggar belief, to make you pinch yourself to ask, “Am I dreaming? Or am I a fictional character in some mean-spirited satire?” You look for the hidden cameras, as in the movie The Truman Show. The latest witless outrage on the part of the Biden team is so shocking it’s heartless.

As The Western Journal reports:

Thanks to President Joe Biden’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021, that country is now back under the rule of an extreme theocratic patriarchy that treats women as chattel, at best.

Fear not, though, for Biden’s top diplomat to Afghanistan has just the answer for the benighted female population of the failed state: All they need is a little #BlackGirlMagic.

After what must rank as one of the most tone-deaf tweets in the history of the social media platform, Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Mission to Afghanistan Karen Decker is apologizing for using a trending hashtag to suggest Afghan women could find inspiration from “#BlackGirlMagic” figures such as Lizzo, Beyoncé and Regina King.

“Are Afghans familiar with #BlackGirlMagic and the movement it inspired? Do Afghan girls need a similar movement?” she tweeted Wednesday.

“What about Afghan Women? Teach me, ready to learn. #BlackHistoryMonth @Beyonce @lizzo @ReginaKing.”

And by the way, the “#BlackGirlMagic” tweet wasn’t the only tone-deaf missive from Decker during a fusillade of Black History Month-themed messages.

“Afghans — what’s the most exciting sports match you remember? #BlackHistoryMonth,” Decker tweeted.

It probably didn’t involve women, since females have been banned from participating in sports by the Taliban, according to the U.K.’s Guardian.

The Allies the U.S. Abandoned

If you’re not spluttering with outrage at this point, you haven’t been paying attention. But then, most of the world has been ignoring what’s happening in Afghanistan especially those in the Biden administration. The same administration that preens over alleged slights toward sexual minorities at home and abroad shows no concern for the majority of Afghans. That is, women victimized, subjugated, and denied education under the regime Biden welcomed to power, leaving behind hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. weapons.

I have to pay attention, since I lead a non-profit, the Vulnerable People Project, which has taken up the cause of the Afghans whom the U.S. abandoned. We have spent the past year helping Afghans targeted by the regime. We have located safe houses, and aided in escapes. Here’s a short video that tells just one of these people’s stories:

It’s almost impossible to overstate how bad the situation is in Afghanistan for anyone identified as friendly to the U.S., or otherwise at odds with the ruling ideology (such as certain religious and ethnic minorities). The United States of America made a promise to take care of its Afghan allies. President Joe Biden broke that promise. There are 180,000 individuals who are eligible SIVs (Special Immigrant Visas), many of whom are still vulnerable and abandoned. Check out the forum we created to amplify their voices.

Coal, Food, and Freedom

These are men and women who put their lives on the line to serve our country. Yet, they have been abandoned and left to fend for themselves, fleeing for their lives as terrorist groups hunt them down. Thousands have died; many more are living in deep poverty, unable to provide the most basic of necessities for themselves and their families.

The Vulnerable People Project has also provided coal to save families from freezing, and are currently delivering hundreds of thousands of meals to save people from starving. Of course, we’re not doing enough. Many hundreds of thousands are still hungry and hunted.

Karen Decker, as highest ranking U.S. official responsible for Afghanistan, is virtue-signaling. That’s the sacrament of the religion of Victimism, a mode of acquiring power and boosting one’s status by pretending to be concerned about the vulnerable. It’s the reigning creed of U.S. elites, from the cozy suburbanites who cheered on urban riots, to the armchair military heroes eager to start a war with Russia. A callous parody of Christianity, Victimism is something the apostles themselves warned us against. See the Epistle of St. James:

If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.

But some one will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe — and shudder. (James 2:15-19)

What Will You Answer on Judgment Day?

I know how much help Karen Decker’s invoking #BlackGirlMagic was to persecuted Afghan women: none at all, in fact a kind of bitter mockery. I also know what a huge difference even modest efforts can make in this emergency.

I asked the ground director of our Vulnerable People Project in Afghanistan, “What is the real impact of these 1 million meals that we’ve delivered since Christmas Eve?” He told me:

“Thousands and thousands of Afghans will survive the winter. They won’t be forced to sell one of their children into slavery to feed the other children, or sell their own kidneys to avoid starving to death.”

That isn’t magic. It’s hard work, of the kind that Christ demands of us, and will ask us about on Judgment Day.


Jason Jones is a senior contributor to The Stream. He is a film producer, author, activist and human rights worker.

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