This has been on my mind for quite a while and it bothers me that it hasn’t even been a full month into the new year and people are still on the same bull… never mind. We always keep it PG over here.
I don’t know about you guys, but after clowning quite a few people for even downloading the TikTok app, I have succumbed to the pressure and the hype that TikTok brings. Don’t get me wrong, I love TikTok, but it would definitely have to be #BLACKTOK and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
From comedy that focuses on the Black experiences that we would love to gatekeeper, to fitness goals, natural hair tutorials, famous TikTok dances, and the bomb makeup tutorials (I’m now convince that I’m as talented as the one and only Miss Jackie Aina)—I am obsessed with it all! However, I can’t help but feel uncomfortable and troubled as I sit and watch Black woman after woman (cis-gendered and trans) talk about their less than glamorous or kind comments that they receive far too often, even though they are doing the world a favor by generously being the blueprint, the prototype, or the BLACKPRINT.
This certainly didn’t come from anywhere either. I’ve seen it with my own two eyes. Black women will never know peace on TikTok. My beautiful friend had gotten her hair done and it was a cute, hot pink blunt cut that made her flawless and melanated skin pop. Yet, her TiKTok comment section didn’t reflect how gorgeous she looked. My problem isn’t just with the Black men and women that were bashing her, rather hating on her, but with the non-Black men and women that had so much to say and yet again have inserted themselves in Black women’s business.
Here’s where the problem starts, and yes, it’s just my observation, but I’m usually right. Have I ever steered you all in the wrong direction?
We have all gotten so comfortable with bashing each other for likes, laughs, and giggles, but non-Blacks will use that as an opportunity to occupy Black spaces. Non-Black commenters create conversations to enable their anti-Black opinions that resemble caricatures often associated with the Black woman trope that y’all love to entertain on social media. Ironically, it’s these same things associated with Black women that they like to copy, profit from, and well… criticize, but also gain clout, likes, and followers from with their ignorant comments.
I’m here to tell you, in the words of Kendrick Lamar, “you’re not a gang member, you’re a tourist.” So, keep your comments to yourself and stay out of Black folks business and I mean this, RESPECTFULLY.
By Jada Daniel, Sophomore, Beloit College
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