If it weren’t for Black people, there’d be no Black Twitter. And realistically, without Black Twitter, what’s really the point of Twitter? Black Twitter continues to give us news updates – which automatically come along with commentary and comic relief even when we’re facing our darkest moments. That’s truly what makes the Black community as beautiful as we are. We’re creative, innovative, and sure know how to start a party or make up a funny story, like December 21st being deemed the day that all Black people gain superpowers. So here’s to you, Black Twitter. This list includes some of Black Twitter’s best moments and reactions.
- George Floyd & Breonna Taylor/ Black Lives Matter Movement
Black people have always come together to fight against injustice, speak up for what we deserve, and get results. While the murders of Taylor and Floyd have truly not yet seen justice served, the Black community joined forces online to make Floyd and Taylor’s stories heard across the globe, erupting months-long worldwide protest, with billions screaming Black Lives Matter.
2. Black People Can’t Get Coronavirus
Yeahhhh, so remember back in March when Covid-19 began to spread rapidly around the world, and Black people claimed we couldn’t get it because of the amount of melanin we had? Well, after Rudy Gobert got it, that claim quickly died. Turns out Black people are actually the most susceptible to contracting the disease. According to researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Black people are 3.23 times more likely to catch Covid-19 than white people. This racial disparity highlights how Black and Brown communities are neglected in health services and medical care.
Me: Black people cant get Corona virus. I haven't heard of not one soul of us getting it. We good. We undefeated
Me reading Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell tested positive pic.twitter.com/S2Qjm3KB6W
— Roderick Houpe (@_Buddhist) March 12, 2020
3. Black Twitter Claimed Beethoven Black
Not only did Black people say we couldn’t get the coronavirus, but we also brought back up an old idea that the iconic German composer, Ludwig van Beethoven, is Black. While it may have been a wild conversation for the non-Black world to hear, the speculation about the great musician’s race has often been analyzed. Plus, it wouldn’t be the first time America has lied about non-fictional figures being white. Jesus is Black.
Hi gang! I'm not on twitter much right now, but because several of you have asked for my take on the question, "Was Beethoven Black?"
Here's my answer as a scholar who writes about black musicians in Europe for a living:
— Dr. Kira Thurman (@kira_thurman) June 18, 2020
4. Jada Pinkett Smith and August Alsina’s Entanglement
Now, Black Twitter can be a mess sometimes. But the way Black Twitter reacted to the drama between Pinkett Smith and Alsina was truly ignant. Whether you laughed, felt bad for Will Smith, blamed August, or were concerned for the celeb couple’s children, Black Twitter found some way to be a part of the story. Black Twitter even went viral when Smith went on Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk to discuss the matter.
— Pet Wisdom for Life (@SDWisdom) July 10, 2020
5. Verzuz Battles
When I tell you Black people will find a way to entertain ourselves, we really will despite a pandemic. What went from just two artists having a friendly record-for-record battle in their homes has now turned into a full production of the most iconic stars going to head-to-head right before us at home. Shout out to Swizz Beatz and Timbaland for kicking it off as the first two to battle. Can you believe there have already been two seasons of Verzuz since it started on March 24th?
— A Blessing (@BLM_004) November 19, 2020
6. Megan Thee Stallion/Tory Lanez Shooting
Megan Thee Stallion accused Canadian rapper Tory Lanez of shooting her back in July. Black Twitter became split amongst itself after the story broke. Some were in support of the Houston Hottie, while others spewed insensitive jokes at Meg’s expense. Hopefully, more members of our community can understand that someone being harmed is never funny or okay.
Megan Thee Stallion @ Tory Lanez: “You shot me—“
— Jermaine (@JermaineWatkins) August 21, 2020
7. Dec. 21st: Black People Get Superpowers
Personally, I believe Black people have always had superpowers, but a little made-up story ain’t never hurt nobody. About three weeks ago, a Black Twitter user posted a tweet claiming that the Black community would get powers on December 21, 2020, due to Jupiter and Saturn’s great conjunction. While none of us actually got superpowers, it was fun imagining what life would be like if Black people could fly, time travel, or have super strength.
— VDVM 🐺 (@_kingalexander1) December 16, 2020