*The Internet is home to many communities formed by shared interests and beliefs but none of them have the cohesiveness that is found in Black Twitter.
The online community, which links African Americans and other members of the Black Diaspora with each other, serves as an example of what can be achieved when voices are raised in unison.
It also shows how a community can benefit from an evolving dialogue among itself. Because of Black Twitter, no black person has to feel alone in his struggle.
Struggle, however, is not the sole reason for this loose community to exist. Black Twitter was necessitated by the over-whelming whiteness of online spaces. Its existence was inevitable. In a social climate where black people?s point of view is ignored or misconstrued, black folks have resisted by speaking their truth to power – whether it is by art, literature, music or protest. A part of the black struggle is to keep the struggle itself visible. Understanding the power of online platforms, black folks galvanized to become that visible force.
*Recently, Jazz Musician Wynton Marsalis made the pointed remark which called hip-hop and rap ?more damaging? than a statue of the Confederate commander Robert E. Lee. Remarks like these aren?t new.
Hip-Hop and Rap music have been the target of social criticism from the very beginning. Some of these have come from black musicians like Marsalis. This constant scrutiny of rap music?s morality leads to one question; why do these criticisms persist?
So what are the charges against Rap culture? Sexually explicit lyrics, violence, drug references. These negative themes are part of today?s rap music not because these are inherent to rap but because they are part of rap artists? own truth.
*Beauty products not only offer enhancement of one?s face and body but also an enhancement to one?s confidence.
When it comes to creating a look, beauty products help in transforming into the shape that is most desirable.
When what is deemed desirable is dictated by whiteness, it leads black women to feel insecure and turn to products that are harmful to their bodies and health.
Black women know from first-hand experience how society rewards lighter skin and straight hair. Black women who give in to these European standards of beauty get better pay and see more upward trajectory in their career.
*Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time! But then you could argue that this person shouldn’t have been in the “wrong place” … in the first place … because she was a cop! If you haven’t heard, Iris Rowe, a police officer in Atlanta resigned on Wednesday, just days after her arrest during a $30,000 drug raid.
?The Atlanta Police Department contacted Officer Rowe and notified her that she would be dismissed from employment with the Department at an emergency hearing with Chief (Erika) Shields on Thursday,? Atlanta police said in a statement. ?Officer Rowe chose instead to tender her resignation.?
In a handwritten resignation letter, Rowe apologized to the department for the ?shameful act.?
*We have no clue as to what the hell they were thinking in the first place, but Target officials have apologized for offering greeting cards with the phrase ?baby daddy? ahead of Father?s Day and are working to pull them from store shelves.
Yes, it’s what you’re most likely thinking, unfortunately: the cards show an African-American man and woman kissing under the words ?Baby Daddy.?
?You’re a wonderful husband and father and I’m so grateful to have you as my partner, my friend, and my baby daddy! Happy Father’s Day,? is what the card says on its inside.
Not that it matters, but the American Greetings card is not exclusive to Target, according to The Kansas City Star.
*Recently, news of police being called on black people has become all too common. Innocuous, everyday actions like napping in a university dorm, waiting in Starbucks, renting an airbnb, checking out a real estate property and shopping at Nordstrom have lead to the police showing up.
Sometimes the encounters end peacefully like in the case of the white woman who called the police on a black family for barbequing in Oakland.
The police took the side of the black youths and didn?t take any actions.
On the other hand, it can end up in cold-blooded murder like in the case of Stephon Clark who got shot to death by police in his own backyard for holding a mobile phone. ?Existing while black? is becoming harder day by day.
The African American community is no different from other communities when it comes to mental health. Yet, it faces disparity when it comes to access to quality care. This disparity can be attributed to three reasons; lack of resources, lack in quality of care and a stigma surrounding mental health in the community.
The stigma exists from lack of trust in the medical system, lack of services that are culturally aware and the need for privacy. All of these concerns coming from the community are legitimate. Black folks are more likely to be misdiagnosed with schizophrenia due to the lack of understanding on part of the physician about how distress is expressed in the community.
Rather than being offered psychotherapy or medication, African American folks suffering from mental health have to rely on emergency treatments. They are not provided complete information about available options for care. Those whose mental health continues to worsen face incarceration in their future.