“Is this your real hair? It’s so much more kinkier than the weave last week… It was a weave, right?” a coworker jokes.
You mentally ask yourself if this is worth having the “Black hair” discussion, and pull out your new app – “Anonymously Ask a Black Person.” However, your coworker may have first sent over her question to see if it might be offensive in the first place. Yes, there is a new app made by an African American, Wayne Sutton, that allows users to ask a Black person their burning questions.
The app is designed to break down barriers in racial conversations for those that have questions, but may be afraid to ask their Black friend or coworker…. or simply have none in their circle to do so. Sutton developed the idea over Memorial weekend and by that Sunday he had his product ready for service.
Sutton recently spoke with Blavity on his inspiration and stated, “looking at how news and media continue to portray African Americans and recent conversations with some of my non-black friends who shared with me their own stories about being nervous or unsure of how/if to ask a black person would they prefer to be called black or African-American. I was inspired to build.”
Users send a text message or enter their number at AskABlackPerson.com. Sutton often posts questions the team receives on the site and while some are a bit offensive others seem pretty genuine.
“At AABP we keep in mind that we are not speaking for all black people. We hope the takeaways that our users have include that black people are creative, intellectual individuals who do not portray any single stereotype. We also hope the takeaway is not so much the answer we provide, but what the intellectual and emotional “WHY” the person is asking the question and what does that say about them and their experiences,” Sutton told Blavity.
Would you download or refer friends to “Anonymously Ask a Black Person” ?