Posted on November 27, 2022

Elon Musk Ridicules Black Twitter Staff and Antiracism Activists

Andrew Griffin, The Independent, November 23, 2022

Elon Musk has appeared to mock antiracism initiatives by Twitter’s own staff, as well a Black Lives Matter more broadly.

Mr Musk appeared to laugh at T-shirts that had been made by Twitter’s internal business group for Black employees.

He then criticised Black Lives Matter protestors. {snip}

“’Hands up don’t shoot’ was made up,” he said. “The whole thing was a fiction.”

He then deleted that post, and instead simply shared a link to the Department of Justice report into the death of Michael Brown, which started those protests.

Mr Musk’s tweets began when he seemingly found a set of T-shirts with the message “#StayWoke” written on them.

Those shirts were made by Twitter’s “Blackbirds” group. When it started selling the shirts, in April 2016, Blackbirds said that its mission is to “support and promote diversity at Twitter, create a more inclusive work environment, and enrich communities outside of Twitter”.


Hours later, he shared a post more explicitly attacking those T-shirts, claiming they “stem from Ferguson protests”. “Obama’s own DOJ proved this [and] exonerated the cop.”