Are You Guilty of Digital Blackface?

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What’s ‘digital blackface?’ And why is it wrong when White people use it?

Maybe you shared that viral video of Kimberly “Sweet Brown” Wilkins telling a reporter after narrowly escaping an apartment fire, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”

Perhaps you posted that meme of supermodel Tyra Banks exploding in anger on “America’s Next Top Model” (“I was rooting for you! We were all rooting for you!”). Or maybe you’ve simply posted popular GIFs, such as the one of NBA great Michael Jordan crying, or of drag queen RuPaul declaring, “Guuuurl…”

If you’re Black and you’ve shared such images online, you get a pass. But if you’re White, you may have inadvertently perpetuated one of the most insidious forms of contemporary racism.

You may be wearing “digital blackface.”


Yes I am guilty of digital blackface and I am deeply ashamed :(
Yeah, I do this digital blackface thing and I will keep doing it. Eff you.
Nope. I don't traffic in digital blackface.
I am black so this doesn't apply to me.
I am black and I am guilty of digital whiteface. :(
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Are You Guilty of Digital Blackface?
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