Read that hash tag again and you will soon realize exactly what this post is about. While that may seem like something bad, it’s something that trends on twitter almost once every week. I am not black, but rather Caucasian. The thing that makes it amusing to me and sometimes maybe it’s bad is that a lot of African Americans that use that hash tag will get angry or mad at a person if they use that tag.
There has become a divide in my opinion in terms of how black people use twitter and how white people use twitter. While the common ground is often for sports, news and word events that are happening or trending, we use twitter in different methods. Take for example the fact that there is something like #IfiWasBlack trending on twitter. If this comes back to a Caucasian male that began that topic, half the people on twitter would cry foul! This is racism, why are they allowed to start this on twitter, somebody stop them! This in my opinion has turned into the same type of thing as white people using the “N” word with friends being basically unheard of and “disgusting and degrading” but when a black male uses it, it’s ok. I don’t think that trends such as this should even be going on twitter in the first place because it leads to a lot of hostility when you come across the wrong person.
The reason why this is something that I can relate to is due to my current place of work. I work with ex-cons and people that have just been released out of prison within a few years. For most of them, our job is the first job that they have since being released. Most of them are of African American descent. My curiosity was peaked one day when one of the men there (22 years old) came over by my computer and showed me some of the people he followed and the stuff he tweets. It was NOTHING compared to what I was doing on twitter. His hash tags consisted of #ShitBlackPeopleSay #YouKnowYoureBlackWhen, you get the point. Things like this would come off as racist if I was starting it as a trending topic but the way black people use twitter, this is an everyday type of thing.
I don’t mean any disrespect to anybody but the facts are there and the article by Farhad Manjoo (How black people use Twitter) proves pretty much the same exact thing .This isn’t necessarily a negative but it does bring up the point of what is appropriate? If we can get fired for complaining about our boss online and on Twitter, should this be something that companies look at also?