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There's a New Sheriff in Town

Is it okay for a white person to comment on a cultural trend initiated by the black community?

In this case, I think it is alright because my comment is -- THIS IS SO COOL!

Another comment - This is so important on a cultural, fashion, and political level.

What am I talking about? I’m talking about the Black Yeehaw Agenda.

According to an article in AfroPunk by Taylor Crumpton entitled A Brief History of the Yeehaw Agenda this movement started in Texas.

"This trend named The Yeehaw Agenda originated from Bri Malandro, a young Black woman from Dallas in 2018, to highlight Black cowboys and cowgirls in popular culture. “It’s a play on ‘The Gay Agenda’ and I just started using it every time I’d see one of my faves in western wear. My mind is a weird place so I’m never going to just say, oh, wow, western wear is popular again. I have to say The Yeehaw Agenda is still going strong to really drive the point home. I think for younger people who haven’t seen these pictures before it’ll change what pops in their head when they hear Cowboy/Cowgirl,” Malandro said."

Crumpton describes how the long history of black cowboys and cowgirls has been “erased from the narrative”, that one out of four cowboys were black, and that many were drawn to the lifestyle because it gave them freedom from having a white boss.

Influential black female icons like Solange and Beyonce Knowles as well as Cardi B are using the Yeehaw Agenda to, in some respects, take back the south.

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