My Favorite Response to Buzzfeed’s 27 Questions Black People Have For Black People Video

So by now you may have seen Buzzfeed’s 27 Questions Black People Have For Black People Video. I’ve included it above just in case you haven’t. Brace yourself.

I’ve used some of Buzzfeed’s videos before, but they got it way wrong with this one, and they were told.

You can check out the immediate response to the video and later aftermath by visiting #BuzzFeedVideoQuestions

The backlash has been swift, and many folks have responded and continue to respond. Out of all of the responses I’ve heard so far, one of my favorite responses came from Evelyn from the Internets in her video entitled “7 More Questions Buzzfeed Should Ask Black People“.

 

“All in all Buzzfeed’s video was trash because most of the questions were just stereotypes steeped in the U.S. history of slavery and white supremacy.”

–Evelyn

I appreciated this video because it was quick, honest, and to the point. The Buzzfeed video was a result of either a fundamental misunderstanding, or a fundamental denial of knowledge about the ways power works and flows, particularly regarding white supremacy.

I hope that the folks at Buzzfeed who set this thing in motion truly listen to the public response on this and change their behavior accordingly. Time will tell.

Ubuntu,

From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW

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I'm a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities. "Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian" is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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4 Responses

  1. lady2soothe says:

    The best way to control a population is to create threats where the solution is designed by the oppressor, BUT the people believe what they are doing is by their own design.

  2. lady2soothe says:

    Our articles seem to be following similar paths… I’m not at all sure how you feel regarding votes or the upcoming elections but I don’t believe our current government is “by the people, of the people, and for the people.” Politics is motivated by self-interest rather than public interest. The word “public servant” doesn’t apply to Congress, the President or Supreme Court. These politician’s seem only to exist to serve their own self-interests; power, money, or getting votes to retain their political positions. It’s clear to me the government really is “by the politicians, of the politicians, and for the politicians.” *Rights* are granted and taken away by the people in power at the discretion of the people in power.

    What it comes down to is I don’t want to fight over which slave-master is best suited for the White House because Bernie brings people to the democrats with tough talk and “Free Stuff” but scares people who actually understand socialism… Donald Trump divides the GOP with his own tough talk but scares people with his ignorant rhetoric and volatile behavior… Bilderberg selected Hilary with her super delegates “wins” in the primary and appears the “less evil” of the three.

    I don’t want to settle for the lessor evil just because s/he is the least evil. It’s not the president who runs the country anyway, s/he is just a figurehead; it’s the house and it doesn’t matter if there is a good guy/gal or bad guy/gal in office I don’t feel voting will do anything but appease our minds that we’ve done our best by carrying out our civic duty.

    We live in an open air prison as free range human beings yet we’re thoroughly manipulated and controlled by the illision of a free society. I believe the only way through this is to unite through organizations such as Black Lives Matter and stop being controlled and manipulated by political thugs, liars and thieves.

    Below are a few of my articles you might find interesting; they touch on many of the same subjects… Two of them are primarily pictorials (The unique way and Pigmentary Demarcation)

    The “Big Six” Delivery System
    There are 1,500 newspapers, 1,100 magazines, 9,000 radio stations, 1,500 TV stations, 2,400 publishers.
    The unique way the United States unites its citizens through their differences
    Reservations, Internment Relocation Centers and Ghettos are America’s Concentration Camps… Welcome to the United States; Land of the free (nope)
    Pigmentary Demarcation: Systematic Discrimination and Inhumane Treatment Defined by Skin Color
    RACE describes categories assigned to demographic groups based on observable PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS such as SKIN COLOR, HAIR TEXTURE, LIP, NOSE and EYE SHAPE.
    “If” All Lives Matter
    All Lives SHOULD Matter but if you believe All Lives actually do Matter ask yourself this; how much did it take to buy you away from reality?
    America was built on the back of Native Americans and Blacks
    As most of you know I’m taking a class at Santa Monica College on Race and Gender in the Media. One of the assignments is to reply to another student
    Examining the historical link between the past and present Japanese experience
    https://letourvoicesecho.wordpress.com/examining-the-historical-link-between-the-past-and-present-japanese-experience/
    Minority Incarceration and Media’s Societal Engineering
    https://letourvoicesecho.wordpress.com/minority-incarceration-and-medias-societal-engineering/

  3. lady2soothe says:

    It appears my links didn’t post very well

    You can find them all here
    https://letourvoicesecho.wordpress.com/lady2soothe/

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