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.
— R. Thompkins-Jones (@Relando_TJ) April 13, 2016
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.”
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.
From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW