+Commentary: OMGOMGOMGOMG. NO. ZZZZZZZOOOOOOMMMMGGGGGGG! This is like the greatest crowdsourced casting suggestion I’ve ever seen. Then add a pitch perfect piece of fan art that photoshops her in the uniform looking forward to taking on entire galaxies & solving crisis like a Bawse! I can’t even take the idea that they would now cast anyone else, and hopefully she would consider it a challenge. Having not read anything other than the hashtag on Twitter, and being late to the party surrounding it — let me put forth that if they wrote it so she was Uhuru’s daughter. I’d DIE. Literally, up & die screaming at the TV. Growing up with the original series, and really connecting with Nichelle Nichols out of all the characters, then watching the Saturday Morning Cartoon series, and imagining when I finally grew up there would be a job waiting for me that took me to outer space. *sigh* that never happened tho’ 😦
There is also a financial incentive for tech companies to invest in a diverse workplace. Advertisers are eager to crack the ethnic code and commodify online communities like Black Twitter. Explaining the social and search habits of these users often falls on the handful of Black employees, without regard to their position or team.Until my tenure at Twitter, I strongly resisted being “the Black guy.” I didn’t want to be the sole representative of a multifaceted group of people or be siloed into focusing on Black issues. My position shifted after the shooting death of Mike Brown and the inception of the “Black Lives Matter” protests. I realized that I and other Black employees could be the voice for a community of users who had been largely ignored or misunderstood by social media companies.
At any time, among the millions of Twitter users who identify as black, there are infinite subsets of trending conversations, of jokes and causes and connections being made and discussed. Black Twitter has the potential to diversify the way we approach traditional news reporting and to influence which stories relevant to people of color receive adequate national coverage. It provides an immediate platform for audiences of color to challenge the news institutions that report on their communities. But any journalistic beat dedicated to covering this vast community will inevitably run into issues by focusing on just one story at a time, or just one range of responses to that story. It’s an idea that runs counter to the essence of all Twitter activity, which is rapid, constant and varied.
Note: Read the whole thing at the link above, it is entirely too short – it just gets started and stops IMHO. Rolling Stone should hire her to write way more!
Whether being transracial is a real condition or not, it doesn’t have any bearing on the fact that this is being used as justification for a series of lies and deception that has upset the black community, the transgender community – and now the very real transracial community.
Many people have seen Dolezal’s use of the term “transracial” for the absurdity her story is. But transracial is actually already a word with its own meaning.
Last night, another response to the ongoing saga of Rachel Dolezal happened, not at all unlike #AskRachel, but less humorous, it tackles the tough notion of what microaggressions sound and feel like. By communally sharing the things people say to African-Americans in this country on a daily basis. While not receiving nearly the exposure as #AskRachel or even #RachelDolezalMemoirTitles, the hashtag is ostensibly to educate and illuminate for readers the constant barrage of questions and/or statements and the accompanying pain associated with them. It is suggested reading for everyone.
How many hashtags can one woman generate? Apparently this is a bottom-less pit of humor, this one not nearly as universally accepted as #AskRachel but a sly nod to the fact that tomorrow morning she is going on the Today show to have her say. Of course I’ll be watching social media as they skewer it, and looking for the gifs, the memes, and whatever else may fall unwittingly out of her mouth. Surely her biography is going to be a best-seller, for reasons unbeknownst to me, except that pop-culture rules all we see. Hopefully in our current climate it will not fetch as much as her art, which we now know had at least one highly publicized painting that was clearly plagiarized. Let’s all hope the publishing houses, always ready to cash in on name-recognition, even from the most specious of sources, will not give her a million dollar advance. Think those days are behind us, but I’m quite sure her literary agent is trying to get that amount or promising her it.
continue all weekend long
In case you have been living under a rock, or don’t follow social media you might have missed the story of the day of a woman, a professor of Africana Studies that has been apparently been “outed” as being Caucasian. Waking up to such a story, honestly I thought it would generate lots of discussion, some thoughtful, others transphobic or transmysoginoir , but then it someone decided to make us laugh about it, and find a way to connect people through a multiple-choice question format. Continue reading