Yep. Look at it. Straight from theGrio: #BlackTwitter has taken over.

The new concept behind the hashtag has been put on display for one thing: More conversations of African-Americans by using the 140 characters along with Hashtags. Techncially  the use of  Twitter with African-Americans is really blowing up. No matter who, what, where, controverisal, spiritual, or just everyday chatter conversations. Sort of like being in a virtual barbershop. If anyone historically knows, most of the talk about the events about black news in which most don’t hardly get picked up, usually goes on in barbershops. Black Owned Barbershops that is. But I don’t see that the virtual side of Black Barber Shop talk taking over the original shop. You can still have the original, but……like everything else, has gone virtual. Just like being in church online.

Now for me, as an African-American male, I’ve been using Twitter since @BarackObama got first elected to the presidency. Actually it was October 2008. And since then I’ve been following folks like Roland Martin, some of the #Milwaukee highlights, the Green Bay #Packers, Wisconsin #Badgers football, many other issues that I follow to summarize and/or converse. Plus I follow black news from Goldie Taylor and WNOV.  One my usefulness about Twitter is my tweets going to Facebook. When I’m in church on Sunday, and again this maybe controversial to the religious folks, I use twitter to tweet messages of my Pastor’s Sermon to my social media masses every Sunday. And to those think it’s illegal, think again. It’s not. I don’t see texting fading out in Church yet. So to those in the Parish, Congregations and to those who don’t like it, now you might be the same ones don’t like rap music in church, but you’re gonna hear it. Along with DJ’ing.

With the use of Twitter among African-Americans aims so increasingly high, it’s almost like supply and demand. The topics in conjunction with African-Americans in interest is like the demand, and the supply to me is actually the product of Twitter with the message of the 140 characters. Nothing wrong with that. But however like things can be so cool to use, can also be conversely bad. Last year on Twitter during the olympics, remember when the issue with Gabby Douglas’ hair? Which was started by some bitter, stupid black women, who had to complain about her hair being so pressed back. And I know it’s long forgotten about, but I’m exhuming the carcass from the grave in which that things at times can be sour if not used properly. Just saying. Now when those who think of the name #blacktwitter, oh here come those who think it ties to racism. So, when I use the hashtag: #blacktwitter, am I fueling the racism on Twitter or via Twitter? Please. This is my first time viewing the phrase which was out, since late Decemeber of 2012? So I’m 5 months late? Ok I get it.

Another thing about the article I drew from was another hashtag: #blackprivilage. Oh here we go. The definition of “privilege” according to Dictionary.com is basically this:

1 .a right, immunity, or benefit enjoyed only by a person beyond the advantages of most: the privileges of the very rich.
2. a special right, immunity, or exemption granted to persons in authority or office to free them from certain obligations or liabilities: the privilege of a senator to speak in Congress without danger of a libel suit.
3. a grant to an individual, corporation, etc., of a special right or immunity, under certain conditions.
4. the principle or condition of enjoying special rights or immunities.
5. any of the rights common to all citizens under a modern constitutional government: We enjoy the privileges of a free people.
and a verb sense:
8. to grant a privilege to.
9. to exempt (usually followed by from  ).
10. to authorize or license (something otherwise forbidden).
So when you combine the use black and privilege, is not racist.  It’s about rights, gains, authorizing, immunity, exempt. That’s what it is. So my question is, what is the “backlash” of the use of hastaging #blackprivilage? If certain folks who use the word in a sense in which it doesn’t compute for understanding, then there is a issue of lack of understanding. You can’t blame Generation X. But the huge question is asking why certain folks believe this. This is not happening currenlty in regarding the situation. It’s just like the N word. But folks are going to use the N word without the sense of understanding it. And also, slavery. What I’m doing is I’m gathering some examples in which needs to have more indepth understanding after the smoke clears of getting to the point of understanding. Furthermore, my thing is this: If #blacktwitter or #blackprivilege is a way to get folks to deeply talk about race in America, or anywhere in the world that deals with asking the reasons why, then it has to be given to a point of objective. Keep in mind, this should be not just be an American issue. It could be a worldwide issue as well. Racism is all over the place. Not just in the good ole’ US of A. And plus it DOES NOT MATTER what year it is. Just because it’s 2013, that doesn’t mean anything.
So virtually, the struggle continues.

 

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