I was a proud member of Black Twitter before it had a name. Honestly, as a Twitter user since April 2009, I consider myself a pioneer of the movement. However, when groupthink replaced independent thought, I quit.
Black Twitter was a safe space for black people to meet. Hailing from different parts of the world, we shared our cultures and forged new connections. In fact, I met several friends by live tweeting major events and finding people who shared my humour..
Unfortunately, things changed in 2014. As police brutality in America became the focus of news media coverage, Black Twitter focused only on the African American experience. Therefore, those black people of different backgrounds lost our voice in the movement.
Yes, Black Twitter has been called a movement
Black Twitter has provided a platform for African American people to voice their problems. Indeed, it’s so effective that news organisations actively monitor the trending discussions. Hence, Feminista Jones referring to Black Twitter as the underground railroad of modern activism is understandable.
Conversely, the insulated focus on American issues has shut the rest of the African diaspora out. Additionally, by neglecting alternative perspectives, groupthink has replaced open conversation as the status quo.
The exclusion of other groups of black people has also led to the formation of counter movements, such as Trini Twitter. Yet, those gatherings simply reproduce the groupthink and rejection they experienced.
Of course, Black Twitter is not perfectly unified. Really, there are several subgroups, and each suffers from groupthink. Furthermore, these groups regularly clash, unless unified by a cause affecting them all.
Black Twitter can be beautiful gathering of people of colour. However, that’s only possible if people release the judgement and anger that has fueled them for so long.
Watch this week’s episode of Trini Trent Tv as I flesh out these ideas and much more.
“Transforming judgement into understanding allows peace to replace hostility. Understanding fosters forgiveness, which dissolves anger and fertilises hope. This is the foundation of emotional freedom.” – David Simon