Apparently, having a black person say it doesn’t always make it okay. In just under three minutes, BuzzFeed managed to spark a furious backlash by posting a video entitled “27 Questions Black People Have For Black People,” which features questions like “Why are we more likely to get involved in a new dance trend than we are to get involved in politics or open a new business?” and “Why do you protest Black Lives Matter and then tear each other down in the next breath?”, mixed in with obvious contradictions like “Why do we say that we don’t want to be seen as a monolith?”
As advertised, these and other headscratchers are all posed by black people, to, I guess, BuzzFeed’s black audience:
I guess Dave Chapelle already answered the one about the menthols.
So… that @BuzzFeedVideo. A forgotten question: "Why do the Black people in this video seem like they only hang around others in the video?
— April (@ReignOfApril) April 13, 2016
Are the Black people in that video the ones white Buzzfeed employees refer to when they say "I have Black friends"? #BuzzFeedVideoQuestions
— jujoffer (@jujoffer) April 13, 2016
Pls rename this: "Questions White People Have For Black People but Are Too Afraid to Ask" https://t.co/NbDPgtvNxZ
— Janet Mock (@janetmock) April 13, 2016
this is important tho: buzzfeed motion pictures is its own thing. i dont work for them, am not consulted, have no say, isnt my job.
— Tracy Clayton (@brokeymcpoverty) April 13, 2016
There emerged a bit of a consensus that this video was really “27 Questions Black People Have For Those Other Black People, the Ones Who Aren’t Respectable.” From AwesomelyLuvvie:
Every one of the people in this video come across as people who are trying to let white people know that “I love my people but I’m not like many of them” is a defining core value in their lives. What the world needs LESS of are Black people who are NOT unabashedly proud to be Black. What we need less of are new negros who love seeing themselves as exceptions to the rule.
But how many of those millions are young Blacks who already believe these logical and emotional fallacies about Black culture and will use this as proof their beliefs are right? And yes, it is dangerous for a Black person in 2016 — as it was in 1916 and will be in 2116 — to possess that thought; to convince themselves that Black culture is somehow specifically malignant. Because that belief doesn’t just stop there. It permeates their general beliefs about Black people and eventually metastasizes into a subconscious and pervasive self-loathing. If you believe Blackness possesses an inherent pathology, this belief is either an extension of your feelings on the Blackness you currently possess or will eventually extend to it.
Daysha Edewi, the editor who posted the video, so far hasn’t had anything to say about it, at least on Twitter, and the video remains, having racked up nearly a million views on YouTube. At least it “succeeded” at one thing.
This is an opinion piece. The views expressed in this article are those of just the author.