Some idiot named Hunter Moore who fancies himself a “small town Christian boy,” decided to stir the shit pot by starting the hash tag #WhyDoBlackPeople. I would like to ask, why do black people what exactly—exist as human beings and have good days and bad days? Because those are the only generalizations you can make about any race’s experience based on that fact alone. If you want to get into sociology and anthropology then you can add a nuanced discussion of culture, which isn’t the same as race but let’s get real, you can’t do that on Twitter and even starting this hash tag is just away to incite prejudice and propagate stereotypes.
While the majority of the Tweeters appeared to be white there were people of all colors participating in this, including black people themselves. People who belong to a certain race have empirically never been above putting their own race down to assert themselves as “different” than the “rest of them” and of course they mean different as in better. Hash tags can be fun and clever but some of them just get to be down right ignorant.
Sigh. Whenever I get outraged by stuff like this or blackface, it’s because I know people like this exist. Not in some far away place—these people exist as members of my community, at places I may work in the future, in my country, right down the block, they exist and it deeply saddens me that anyone no matter who they are has to ever encounter prejudice even if it is casually over social media.
There were a few Tweeters who summed up the #WhyDoBlackPeople accurately.
Here are some of the worst offenders casually calling black people stupid, ugly and making fried chicken jokes.