Why So Many Angry People Protect and Define ‘Black Twitter’

The cult itself is so jarringly mixed with rage and rogue that it’s known to draw a line in public debate.

The concept of “Black Twitter” actually has a history that is very deep. The long-underground phenomenon has its roots in innovation — a cultural predilection to take tools and technology and use them in ways that even their creators never imagined possible. And while for some the Black predominance on social networks like Twitter may cause consternation — and to others a shrug of indifference — the cult itself is so jarringly mixed with rage and rogue that it’s known to draw a line in public debate.

‘Black Twitter’ users are disproportionately represented on Twitter. And they make their presence felt daily with scores of trending topics that cater to a group that relishes on sacking stereotypes. It’s not too difficult to tell why their actions can be taken too far.

Twitter’s trending topics have supposedly made household names out of regular people who have used its popularity to sell themselves as important people and write blogs as well as cash checks for appearance fees or whatever it is they feel is fame. This is according to the many ‘blog stars’ who have taken to create and protect “Black Twitter” as a nod to their celebrity and Twitter fame.

I tend to view Black Twitter from a very critical and sometimes cynical lens.

You ever wonder why there’s a lack of interaction from select users unless it’s their fellow ‘popular blog/twitter stars?’ …I laughed at the question as well, but it’s a reality that is about as much sense as the term ‘Online Feminism.’

The reason for this discrepancy, is that the popular circle of ‘Black Twitter’ users have become interested in “celebrity status” and dedicate a large amount of time towards sensitive topics sure to lure emotional interest, such as portrayal of stereotypes, high profile figures, and relationship advice. They (meaning the ‘Black Twitter’ elite) tend to enforce a ‘followers minimum’ on what makes someone worthy to interact or socialize with at any time. Keep in mind, that some of the biggest offenders of this sit in a cubicle daily at an employer like the rest of American society, have had trouble maintaining social relationships over the years, and have kids out of wedlock.

Back in the mid-2000s, MySpace experienced something like “white flight” as wealthier, whiter users came to see it as a digital “ghetto” full of raging ‘smarks’ and headed for Facebook. But Twitter seems to be doing just fine in fostering a diverse user base while not making anyone too uncomfortable (or, rather, making everyone equally uncomfortable all the time.) Stupid hashtags like #thingsblackpeopledo and #racialdraft living side-by-side in the trending topics, while people of all races worship every 140-character brain fart from current events to daily happenings.

The main problem, however, lies in the cult that those very same members of feel does not exist.

How bizarre is it that there are people in the world who define a group that’s deemed unworthy of interacting with via the amount of followers they have on Twitter? Or the level of education and school of choice that one feels is not worthy of being deemed ‘credible?’ Does one who attended a Historically Black College or University feel that they are above other graduates who did not attend one?

They will have topic after topic aimed at making ‘Black Twitter’ think it is normal to feel justified in being racist to all other people, besides themselves. How can something that makes you hate, claim to make you grow? It is brainwashing at its finest.

The corruption facing so many segments of our society has reached an all-time high. It is sad that the core members of ‘Black Twitter’ are innately programmed to have melanin-induced anger, likely from the issues of life itself, but to have a society that nurtures their innate errors is truly scary.

Welcome to ‘Black Twitter,’ where things aren’t likely to change anytime soon.

  • HoneyBun

    Valencia you pushed over the edge boo…Chuck ain’t better for publishing this mess… oh wait ain’t this your old boo??? No words….

  • Jamie

    This is BULLSHIT. While black folks have contributed to my anger; for a lack of a better word, cause I don’t consider myself Angry; it has been other races who have hurt me as well. I’ve also been a victim of blatant and subliminal racism. I’m angry for many more reasons than just dealing with a sorry assed black stereotypes. I will not paint all my brothers and sisters with that broad stereotypical brush. They have dealt with as much as we have if not more.

    Why is an opinionated black person considered angry and a opinionated white woman considered Spunky…or some other positive adjective that is applied to her. Why am I not allowed to express how I feel without you telling me that it is classified as Black Twitter. Why am I not allowed to be passionate about something that I am speaking on? I’m tired of being called angry, hell…That’s why I’m angry

  • Notjusapretface

    Ummmm call me crazy but oh never mind.

  • Candice

    I can’t say I am surprised somebody who is not black is writing about black culture. YOU SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO WRITE ABOUT ANYTHING BLACK IF YOU AIN’T BLACK!!!!

  • ~Cameronne~

    This is written by a racist who don’t know what it feels to be black. #killyaself

  • There are at lot of points made in this article, but the direction is all over the place. How are we defining “black twitter”…how does social media influence and elitism tie into the conversation? Who’s angry? The twitter elite, black twitter or all of the above–I kinda get it, but I’m having trouble following the entire flow of the article. I do think it’s a conversation worth having, I’m just confused on where this article is trying to go…or what it’s really saying?

  • Trust me, I initially had the same reaction. But we do need to have these conversations. It’s good to see how other’s view us…if nothing else, it’s a conversation starter…

  • I know.

  • Agree with Jameka the purpose of the article isnt clear or concise. Its all over the place. I got lost and stopped reading after the 1st paragraph

  • I was contemplating writing something similar. But I couldnt figure how to keep my point on topic. I dont think there is enough about “black twitter” to make comparisons and correlations. After reading im gonba fall back on writing about it lol. Ill be all ovet the place too and might sound like a self hate case when thats not my point lol.

  • That’s how I feel too. I can’t formulate my true opinion about it because I don’t know where to start.

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  • TyrenM

    Eva, You mad? Stop. Breathe. Gather your thoughts. Then, try again. I’m not part of Twitterati, but BT seems to squash bs daily. For that I say tweet away.

  • This @avenue1 handle posted that Black Twitter was “uppity.” Black Twitter, you know what to do.

  • So your premise is “angry people protect and define Black Twitter”? I’m not angry nor have I encountered any angry people on BT. Sounds like you’re the angry one, Eva.

  • This is the dumbest shit I’ve ever read in my life. Don’t worry about what Black Twitter is doing; worry about yourself. The only reason this garbage was written is because of the fuss CNN and Buzzfeed made, and this your glaringly desperate attempt to be a part of the discourse. The difference between you and “the Black Twitter elite” is that they’re able to convey a salient point in 140 characters or less, instead of writing misguided, intellectually lazy, poorly constructed, vague excuses for an article. If Avenue 1 actually paid for this, they got played. You lack insight. You lack conviction. You lack any reasonable kernel of common sense. Please go sit in a corner, jackass.

  • I spot a recurring theme:: everybody who commented were all angry. Fits the post and it’s title. The truth hurts. The end.