The (fake?) outrage over Buzzfeed’s “Questions Blacks have for Blacks” video is….interesting…

*Disclaimer: I have no idea how this video came about. I’m still looking and waiting for answers, but if I find out something different than what I’ve assumed in here, I’ll be back. Believe that.*

Buzzfeed put out a video, “27 Questions Black People Have For Black People.”

People are outraged.

But before I go further, let me post the video so you can see it for yourself if you haven’t already.

Okay. Got it?

Like I said, people are big mad.

I’ve even seen the word “racist” used. As well as the sentiment that the black people in the video aren’t “real” black people. Which is basically proving one of the points made in the video.

But I digress.

Look. Racist, this is not. I can’t be sure, but I’m willing to bet GOOD money that a bunch of white Buzzfeed employees/writers didn’t go up to black folks with a script and tell them what to say. I am also equally as sure that white people didn’t get in a meeting and say, “Hey blacks! Let’s do a video with just y’all asking ridiculous questions to other blacks! Here are the questions we’ve written! Yay!”

No. It’s not racist.

HOWEVER. Some of the questions in here are VERY dumb. Like. REALLY REALLY stupid. One example:  “Why are we more likely to get engaged in the most recent dance trend than we are to be involved in politics or opening a business?”

Like, really? Shutup. Black folks are capable of doing more than one thing at a time. I can dance in one minute and tell you what’s happening with this Godforsaken presidential election mess in the next. Go away.

But my issue is with people hitting back at some of these questions as if we really don’t ask them. For example: “Why is it so hard to be on time?”

I’ve seen responses to this one talking about how out of touch the question is and stereotypical.


Hello. This is TRUE! Like, it’s something we say about each other ALL. THE. TIME. We’ve even given it a name, “Colored People Time (buuuut yeah, not a good look, Mayor Bill de Blasio. Like, AT ALL. Ugh)”!!!!!! THIS ISN’T NEW! IT’S NOT A LIE! Stop acting like it’s a stupid question or like we don’t REALLY ask this just because you’re upset at the video.

Come on.

Anyway, one of the responses to this video I like is from Bossip. I encourage you to go and read it in its entirety, but here are a couple….

5. Why are we more likely to get engaged in the most recent dance trend than we are to be involved in politics or opening a business?

Are you fu-. Okay, look. I decided I would answer all these questions and I’m at question five and immediately regret my decision. Do you know how many Black businesses there are? Do you know how many Black people hold office in this country despite the fact the country specifically wants this to NOT happen? There’s a whole goddamn magazine called Black Enterprise about Black people owning businesses. It’s been around forever.

6. Why did watermelon become our thing? Like, everyone should love watermelon.

White people made watermelon a Black thing. Black people had literally zero percent to do with that. I swear to God if the next question is “why do Black people pick SO. MUCH. COTTON.” I’m gonna throw my computer. But also not be terribly surprised.

7. Why do you get upset when I don’t like a Black celebrity?

We don’t. We literally don’t. Unless you’re talking about Beyonce or Steph Curry. If you hate them then you’re dead to me.

Here’s an interesting answer:

20. Why is growing up without a father so common within our race?

This is where the video took things to a whole entire new level. This is where the rage set it. How can you fix your mouth to even ask this question? Let’s discuss the prison industrial complex. Let’s discuss the unfair incarceration rates of Black men. Let’s also discuss the fact that the Black community is full of present fathers.

This question was the money shot. It was the nut punch to my Black, happy soul that let me know that this video was made to purposefully spite Black people.

At this point, I want to take a moment and discuss what people are saying about the Black writers at Buzzfeed who weren’t involved with this video as if they have some ability to override a video like this being made. White privilege is going to White privilege and they don’t care about Black people and their feelings. I’d wager that the only Black people who knew about the video are the “I don’t have any Black friends” a$$ Black people in this video. And even if Black people at Buzzfeed spoke up in private, it’s pretty clear and common for their concerns to get overruled. Because that’s what happens with White privilege and supremacy.

But anyway, this motherf***er fixed his shucking and jiving a$$ lips to ask about absent fathers in the Black community in the two thousand and sixteenth year of our Lord and savior. I really want to punch him.

And I say that it is interesting because the author is making a claim that blacks at Buzzfeed (who aren’t in the video) had a problem with it, but their opinions didn’t matter because of white privilege and the whites thought it was a great idea so it happened. I haven’t seen the background of the making of the video (I’ve looked AND I’ve asked), but IF that was the case then yeah, it’s a problem.

Buuuuut then my question would be can we really blame whites for black folks WILLINGLY getting in front of the camera and filming?

To me, this smells of blacks not wanting to air our business out in public. Kinda like, “keep what goes on in the family, in the family.” But the racist claims and such? Everybody relax. This ain’t that.

Again, were there some stupid questions? Yeah. But are some of y’all taking it WAY too seriously (I think some parts were actually meant to be funny)? ABSOLUTELY. Were some on here some that I’ve literally seen/heard blacks ask? Repeatedly? ABSOLUTELY.

That’s my take on it. What do you all think?

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