What do white people do on Saturday night? They drink alone in front of Netflix and DM each other on Twitter. That’s how #youresowhite got started. We were teasing each other, making white jokes, then we decided it could be a fun impromptu late night tag. Before we knew it, the tag was trending high on Twitter. To be fair, the tag has trended before. But we revived it for a comedy hashtag game. Exciting stuff. I love when humor trends big.
A diverse group of tweeps, including lots of white people, got this tag rolling. It’s still trending, and of course some people have gotten upset. Hundreds of white people are now accusing liberals of launching a divisive tag, when in fact it’s uptight white cry babies who turned a light-hearted game sour. I’ll be talking about politics later, but first I want to share some of the funniest tweets:
Nothing ever goes long on social media before attracting the trolls. By trolls, I mean people with no sense of humor who get offended easily. Alt-right ogres have come out to condemn people for joking about whiteness. They say it’s a racist tag, and hypocritical. Here’s what I think: As an educator, I know we have to talk about race. When you don’t attend to difference, the status quo prevails. We’ve seen it throughout history. People on the margins have to protest to be heard. Those who enjoy the status quo should learn to take themselves less seriously.
I’ll admit, I knew this would happen. Racial tension is high now. States like Arizona are pushing bills through the pipes that will ban ethnic and racial studies, and punish schools for even mentioning race. This is a mistake. That’s one reason why, when I had a moment of doubt, I decided to go ahead and tweet this tag. We should lighten up about race sometimes. White people need to learn how to poke fun of themselves. If we ignore race, the problems will get worse.