We Get It: Black People Like Twitter
It's time to stop dissecting black folks' every move on the social networking site. Not everything has to be an anthropological study.
After last year's infamous analysis in Slate, titled "How Black People Use Twitter," those of us who happen to be pigment-positive and on Twitter expressed annoyance at how we were being portrayed and analyzed. The whole "look at how they work" thing was becoming terribly tired. Right down to the brown Twitter bird used to represent us in the article.
This week, Gawker published "Why So Many Black People Are on Twitter." The blog post tells us that a recent study shows that teenagers who like celebrities will use Twitter more. And black teenagers love themselves some celebrities. Voilà! Now we understand!
Stop. Please just stop.
Writing so much about black Twitter is just -- what's the word I'm looking for -- silly. Our actions on the site just aren't that amazing. We (El Negroes) are like everybody else. We have sections and subsections that cover wildly different things. Some follow ignorant nonsense like comedian Lil' Duval and tweet constantly about The Game. Others write poetry and dissect policy and question power structure.
I think I've finally hit that magical wall where I can't deal with any more faux anthropological studies about how my people interact on the social networking service. There isn't any need to "study" this anymore. If you want to "study" something, study why, in the postracial year of 2011, 13 percent of the population is still treated like "other." Study why our women are psychologically attacked and deemed ugly and unworthy of marriage, and our men looked at as thugs even when the highest office in the land shows otherwise. In a country that's supposed to be past race, people can't seem to understand why those of us with more pigment tweet a lot.
"It's because black people's Twitter numbers are disproportionate to your numbers in the population!"
So what? So are our numbers in prisons. That would be a way more interesting study in the year 2011. Why don't we figure out the institutionalized issues affecting the community, as opposed to figuring out why @LeroyJacksonBeBallinSon* really likes Nicki Minaj so frickin' much. How are a people ever to be looked at as simply people if they can't participate in regular things like Twitter without a thesis being written about it?
In all honesty, I think I could've written this whole article in one sentence.
"Stop f---ing writing articles about Negroes on Twitter. It's not that f---ing interesting."
But who'd print that?
*I made up this Twitter name, but if there is a @LeroyJacksonBeBallinSon, I will go follow him immediately.