If you’re on social media often, particularly Facebook, then you’ve most likely come across a Buzzfeed video. Buzzfeed is a giant media platform that delivers the latest in celebrity news, current events, gadgets, as well as touch on topics, involving today’s pop culture. For a couple of years, I’ve enjoyed their videos, which is why I’m surprised at how far off they are with their latest one, titled “27 Questions Black People Have For Black People”.
If the questions these black folks have weren’t stereotypical, they were full of pointless rhetoric and utter ignorance. I’m truly disappointed at the makers of this video and the black folks in the video who has shown all of social media their possible high levels of self-hatred.
While this video was possibly made to create awareness of stereotyping black folks, they basically made a video about stereotyping…with stereotyping. And the worst part of it is, they’re black folks. I don’t know which to be more concerned about; the questions being asked or the black folks who are asking them. I’d hate to think that they’ve allowed themselves to be “mouthpieces”, as well as punching bags for the “non-blacks” who would LOVE to get answers to those questions.
I have responses to SOME of them, and I must add that a couple of them were valid, like “why do some black people say you’re pretty for a dark-skinned girl?”
JUST TODAY, I wrote a Facebook status about that before I even watched this video.
My response to that is this…
One other valid question is “Why is it okay for a black man to date a white woman, but not okay for a black woman to date outside her race?”
My response to that is it’s only NOT okay to close-minded people. Date whoever the hell you want to date. Just remember to stay true to yourself, your heritage, and don’t put down your own race, because you’d prefer to date outside of it.
Now, for the questions that got me feelin’ some type of way!
“Why do you protest ‘Black Lives Matter’ then tear each other down in the next breath?”
Black Lives will always matter. Crime has been a problem for many urban communities for years, but that has nothing to do with devaluing black lives, and everything to do with fighting a corrupt system, namely the government, oppression, inequality, ineffective gun laws, etc. There are many black-owned organizations who are fighting to make our streets safer and our to keep our children out of danger.
“Why are we so quick to support a non-black owned business, but then hesitate when it’s a black owned business?”
Darlin’, I don’t know what part of town you’re from, but where I’m from we support OUR OWN!
Check out the Black Businesses category
“Why is growing up without a father so common in our race?”
That is such a racially biased question if there ever is one!
To say it’s common in our race negates the fact that there could be many reasons why the father is absent. This man asked the question as if he was implying that black men make babies and roll out! Truth be told, that could happen in very few cases, but let’s not forget in other cases, the father may be deceased, or maybe he wants to be in his kid(s) lives, but the mom doesn’t! Or maybe he’s mentally or physically incapable of being a dad, so Mom has to step in for double duty. There are many reasons.
“Why is being educated considered a white thing?”
I’ve never heard that before, and it’s insanely ridiculous for people to believe that. Did you know that BLACK WOMEN are the most educated group of people in the US? Read this article in For Harriet! Black men tops Hispanic men and Caucasian men.
“Why are we more likely to engage in a new dance trend than we are to get involved in politics or opening a business?”
Darlin’, how do you know that political activist or business owner isn’t learning a new dance craze right now?
Why can’t we do both??
Why undermine those who choose to live simpler than you do? People are involved or into different things at different times in their lives. That doesn’t make them any less or any more of a committed person than you are.
In conclusion, I’d like to think that this video has AT LEAST become a much-need trending topic on double standards, stereotyping, and black people who prefer to be put in a special box, away from the other blacks that they try hard not to be like so they can impress their white friends.
Yeah, I said it!