Black Twitter Growing into Online Force

Jesse J. Holland, CNS News, March 10, 2014

The hashtag gave it away.

When a Florida jury convicted Michael Dunn of attempted murder, but not actual murder, in the shooting death of black teenager Jordan Davis, the hashtag #dangerousblackchildren popped up on Twitter. Users posted photos of black babies and toddlers, spoofing the fear that Dunn testified he felt before opening fire on a carful of teens at a convenience store.

That hashtag was the calling card of Black Twitter, a small corner of the social media giant where an unabashedly black spin on life gets served up in 140-character installments.

Black Twitter holds court on pretty much everything from President Barack Obama to the latest TV reality show antics. But Black Twitter can also turn activist quickly. When it does, things happen—like the cancellation of a book deal for a juror in the George Zimmerman trial, or the demise of Zimmerman’s subsequent attempt to star at celebrity boxing.

Catchy hashtags are a hallmark and give clues that the tweeting in question is a Black Twitter thing.

“It’s kind of like the black table in the lunchroom, sort of, where people with like interests and experiences, and ways of talking and communication, lump together and talk among themselves,” said Tracy Clayton, a blogger and editor at Buzzfeed known on Twitter as @brokeymcpoverty.

Black Twitter is not a special website or a smartphone app. The hashtag #blacktwitter itself won’t necessarily lead you to it. It doesn’t exactly stick out among the trending topics on Twitter, even though it’s been known to cause a topic or two to trend. It is not exclusively black—there are blacks who don’t participate in it, and people of other races who do.

“Black Twitter brings the fullness of black humanity into the social network and that is why it has become so fascinating,” said Kimberly C. Ellis, who has a doctorate in American and Africana Studies, tweets as @drgoddess and is studying Black Twitter for her upcoming book, “The Bombastic Brilliance of Black Twitter.”

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Most recently, Black Twitter reared its head through hashtags like #stopthefight, to protest a proposed celebrity boxing match supposedly between Zimmerman and rapper DMX. The promoter quickly canceled after a flood of Twitter complaints.

Such death-by-Twitter activism could very well be the harbinger of a new civil rights strategy, Ellis said. She noted that a short amount of time elapsed between the moment Black Twitter noticed the juror’s book deal and the moment it was called off. The same was true of the Zimmerman boxing match.

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Black Twitter arguably had its biggest field day last year with embattled celebrity cook Paula Deen, whose admission that she used racial slurs in the past inspired the #paulasbestdishes hashtag, featuring recipe titles such as “Massa-Roni and Cheese” and “We Shall Over-Crumb Cake.”

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  • Truthseeker

    Black Twitter is great, because it allows the rest of us to see what they really think of us. They openly talk about rioting and committing crimes, and some openly call for white genocide. If the noise gets loud enough, perhaps more people will wake up.

    • slash345

      Yes. I like to watch/listen to black dysfunction on the internet. It’s extremely entertaining to watch these pavement apes tear themselves to pieces.

      • 4321realist

        They love twitter, because they can express themselves in grunts and abbreviations that require no thinking and involves subjects in the here and now, just like rapping when they meet.

        • slash345

          hahahahaha!

    • 1stworlder

      Just think they might actually stop flapping their gums while they type.

      • bilderbuster

        Are you kidding?
        Have you ever seen one taking a test?
        They may not be making noise while they’re reading to themselves but most of the ones I saw in school couldn’t do it without moving their lips.

  • Spartacus

    This is the most pathetic idiocy I’ve ever read, and I read about the lesser races at least 3-4 hours a day…

    • Whitetrashgang

      Considering most lesser races cant read I don’t know what to say.

  • Puggg

    “It’s kind of the black table in the lunchroom”

    More like the small kiddie table, to keep the kids away from the grownups.

    I thought segregation was bad.

  • brior

    “It’s kind of like the black table in the lunchroom, sort of, where
    people with like interests and experiences, and ways of talking and
    communication, lump together and talk among themselves,” said Tracy
    Clayton, ” …………. It’s kind of like the white table in the lunchroom, sort of where white people with like interests lump together ………RAYCISS

  • IstvanIN

    Can they just be given their own Republic of Hashtag?

    By the way, when did the pound sign become a hashtag???

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    If you read black tweets they are invariably inane, ebonics laden and have practically nothing of any importance to say.

    • MekongDelta69

      She looks just like that fat idiot on the witness stand some months ago (whatshername?), who only understood ebonics.

      • Spartacus

        How can you tell it’s a “she” ?

        • MekongDelta69

          I flipped a coin, and it landed on the edge…

          • Spartacus

            Now why didn’t I ever think of that ?

        • Einsatzgrenadier

          Black women are so high testosterone and so androgynous that it’s almost impossible to tell them apart from black males.

        • Irishgirl

          Because “Justice” is a girl’s name. 🙂

      • Luca

        Rachel Jeantel…but she couldn’t understand cursive ebonics.

      • Whitetrashgang

        Bossmans girlfriend, at least the first 200 lbs I don’t know who is dating above the waist.

      • uh, black Shreck?

      • Laura Dilworth

        Rachel Jeantel?

    • Luca

      Tim, please reread the article. Dr. Ellis says this “…brings the fullness of black humanity into the social network and that is why it has become so fascinating”.

      It simply must be fascinating if the good PhD says so.

      • In a real world, her PHD and fifty cents could get her a cup of coffee.

      • KevinPhillipsBong

        Sad that the “fullness of black humanity” could be summed up in 140 characters (or less).

  • MooTieFighter

    Great to hear what they have to say, but their intellect is so unbelievably poor it’s difficult to understand what they are saying.

  • MekongDelta69

    “Black Twitter brings the fullness of black humanity into the social network and that is why it has become so fascinating,” said Kimberly C. Ellis, who has a doctorate in American and Africana Studies, tweets as @drgoddess and is studying Black Twitter for her upcoming book, “The Bombastic Brilliance of Black Twitter.”

    The above sentence says everything – and I mean, everything you need to know about black ‘culture’ (the lack thereof)…

    There is NOTHING I could add to that, to make it more ludicrous than it really is. She is SO STUPID, she doesn’t even realize it.

    • 4321realist

      “There is NOTHING I could add to that, to make it more ludicrous than it already is. She is SO STUPID, she doesn’t even realize it.”

      And she displays the typical black arrogance that thinks she’s a gifted intellectual.

      And I have NO doubt if she were to write a thesis on current events or the economy it would sound as if it were written by a 5th or 6th grade student.

  • DaveMed

    I wouldn’t mind Black Twitter if it weren’t for the snivelling White traitors who fall all over themselves agreeing.

    • “I’m not racist, see how many black people I follow on twitter.”

  • Alexandra1973

    Start actually saving those posts. These are proof of their idiocy.

  • Marc Zuckurburg

    This news makes me so mad.

    Because it’s not happening on Facebook.

    Where your illegible idiocy is not limited to 140 characters.

    • seapeaMP

      Don’t cry MarcE Zee… you can get some of that 140-character-love too. Just tell your dev’s to set those input fields to maxlength=”140″ and watch the #’s roll in.


      #Diversity isn’t just a feel-good hashtag, it’s genocide.

      • Marc Zuckurburg

        My devs aren’t worried about the maxlength code, but the maxadrevenue code.

        • seapeaMP

          Click Click Click gotta drive those Clicks

  • Frank_DeScushin

    When blacks engage in separatist Twitter behavior and looks at matters exclusively from a black perspective, the behavior is lauded in the media. Should whites engage in separatist Twitter behavior and look at matters through an exclusively white perspective their actions would be condemned as racist.

  • r j p

    ….said Kimberly C. Ellis, who has a doctorate in American and Africana Studies, tweets as @drgoddess and is studying Black Twitter for her upcoming book, “The Bombastic Brilliance of Black Twitter.”

    PhD in American and africana studies?
    @drgoddess?
    bombastic brilliance?

    This has to be a joke

  • Fascinating, says me as a social scientist. Boring, says me as a person. I have no interest in reading black tweets, listening to black “music,” watching BET, or involving myself in any black activity. But as an economist, I’ll start paying attention and try to figure out the significance of black noise for the white race.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    “the hashtag #dangerousblackchildren popped up on Twitter. Users posted photos of black babies and toddlers, spoofing the fear that Dunn testified he felt before opening fire on a carful of teens at a convenience store.”
    ——————————————-
    This annoys me. Nobody is arguing that all black teens pose a threat; but blacks, Liberals, and the media create the strawman that alleged white racists view all black teens as killers. That’s simply not true. Many people, not just whites, recognize the criminal statistics that black teens commit a grossly disproportionate amount of murders, and those people are weary around black teens who by their dress and actions appear to fall under that criminal demographic. This very real social pathology will never be properly addressed until people stop pretending it doesn’t exist.

  • Pelagian

    I follow the hashtag for my city … and amidst the civic discussion of white people talking about fixing potholes and stuff, get treated to lots of black girls tweeting their wares. Like blacks and whites sharing an old fashioned party line.

  • Luca

    “It’s kind of like the black table in the lunchroom, sort of, where people with like interests and experiences, and ways of talking and communication, lump together and talk among themselves,”…

    How nice that blacks can self-segregate and everyone thinks it’s just peachy, warm and fuzzy.

    But when Whites do this, they are making nooses, organizing a chapter of the KKK, invoking Jim Crow, Slavery and of course (drum roll please) Racism!

    • In high school I always ate with my girlfriend, Diane outside the building, except on Wednesdays, when our classes quit, and we’d walk to my mother’s house and eat there.

  • Alexandra1973

    Speaking of Internet shenanigans…my son, who just got a used computer that I set up for wireless…has been searching on YouTube for “kids throw tables and chairs.” Remember this child is a little bit autistic. (Fortunately the thing doesn’t have speakers yet.) He accidentally saw me watching a video of the Denny’s Halloween riot and said “kids throwing tables and chairs!”

    Every time he calls, “Mommy, come look!” I see a bunch of blacks on the screen basically chimping out. I tell him that they’re being very bad and need to go to jail (he asks what’s jail and I tell him it’s like a time-out).

    Seems my boy’s getting a kind of education. But I’m going to have to really monitor what he watches on YouTube, set up an account for him since he’s under 13. That I’ll do tonight. I don’t want him going into “adult” territory somehow.

    • TXCriollo

      Ya youtube is kinda a scary place, it has good stuff but also a lot of crap. It was easy for my dad when i was a kid. I said rap was cool he said it sucked and made me listen to good music. Now a days kids have easy access to that. Good luck man

    • r j p

      I have not used this, but it is an option:

      http://www1(dot)k9webprotection(dot)com/

      Last two places I worked had crazy web security.
      I ended up getting a Clear modem because of.

  • Tarczan

    The only thing blacks ever study or get good at is blacks. They have no interests outside of being black. That is why that get that de graff guy and trot him out there as the average darkie. Thirty million darkies and they come up with that guy, who I’m not convinced is the genius they say he is. We’ve all been exposed to Obama so very few now believe he is too bright.

    • Being black is a (lame) religion.

  • JSS

    I don’t think there is any race that has created so little but currently has so much then blacks. They have black everything these days but would have none of it not for White guilt.

    • MooTieFighter

      True JSS. They should be amazed at how much has been offered to them for such little return. From a business point of view, they would be fired immediately.

  • TXCriollo

    The black twitter birds, where is the pimp, thug and inmate birds?

  • Dale McNamee

    I’m glad that I don;t use Twitter…Never will…

    A 140 character limit makes the “twitterer” look moronic…

  • Jesse James

    It was having to listen to their infantile yammerings that caused white Southerners to want them to sit together at the back of the bus where we wouldn’t bother them and they wouldn’t bother us. Give them the choice and they sit at the back anyway so really what was it all about? Segregation is sanity for us all, black and white.

    • Alexandra1973

      That’s where they’re like toddlers, they want something they can’t have, then when they finally get it (after throwing a huge tantrum) they suddenly don’t want it so badly.

      • r j p

        In response to you and Jesse James, I find that funny too.
        blacks in Chicago tend to ride in the back of the bus.
        Tell them they have to do something and they won’t.
        Remove the rule and they will do the exact same thing that the rule tried to enforce.

        • Alexandra1973

          Their whole mission in life is sticking it to Da Man, it seems. Biting the hand that feeds them, then screaming for more.

  • Thor

    Doctorate in American and Africana Studies?

    Let me guess; a one page dissertation reading something like this. “Blah blah blah oppression, blah blah blah slavery reparations, blah blah blah white privilege, blah blah blah tax the rich more, blah blah blah we are all the same except for skin color, The End.”

    Congratulations doctor, here is you PhD.

    Am I off base here?

    • r j p

      Basically her dissertation appears to be a historiography.
      My BA in History required for the same thing for which she was given a PhD.
      And yet, Purdue is considered a better school than where I went.
      And just to defend my other degree, Sociology, it required a lot of statistics classes.

  • themadplumber

    This explain the hike in mob thief attacks in the stores on the East coast. Though i bet it would be entertaining to read.

  • Alexandra1973

    “Ooh! Shinies! Must have!”

  • Some Guy

    Let them “express themselves” for the whole world to see just how intelligent they really are.