Black Twitter Talks: Protestors vs. Oprah vs. Mainstream Media
We’ve made through the holiday season and into the New Year, but that hasn’t stopped Black Twitter from mixing it up. While folk were ringing in 2015, Twitter was chatting about everything from Selma to the passing of ESPN’s Stuart Scott.
In case you’ve been M.I.A., here’s what Black Twitter’s been buzzing about lately.
Oprah angers #BlackLivesMatter Protestors
During a recent interview with People Magazine to promote Selma, Oprah commended people taking to the streets to protest police brutality across the country. However, when she suggested the #BlackLivesMatter movement needs leadership, Oprah angered many young activists. “I think it’s wonderful to march and to protest and it’s wonderful to see all across the country, people doing it,” Winfrey said. “What I’m looking for is some kind of leadership to come out of this to say, ‘This is what we want. This is what has to change, and these are the steps that we need to take to make these changes, and this is what we’re willing to do to get it.'” Despite what Oprah thinks, many young leaders have stepped up, and they took to Twitter to make it known.
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) January 2, 2015
— BrownBlaze (@brownblaze) January 2, 2015
.@Oprah, ask before you assume. I thought you taught us that — the radical power of the question. Stand with us. There are many “leading.”
— deray mckesson (@deray) January 2, 2015
. @oprah there are youth orgs set up and ready to roll .. How about some of the black elite sit at the table w/us and discuss our demands ?
— Tef Poe/FootKlan (@TefPoe) January 2, 2015
Tell @oprah don’t come for us. No one is exempt from a Black Twitter dragging.
— zellie (@zellieimani) January 4, 2015