Buzzfeed released a video late Tuesday entitled, “Questions Black People Have For Black People,” where a variety of black people from BuzzFeed Video asked 27 questions that targeted issues in the black community. You may view the video below:
Questions Black People Have For Black People 👀https://t.co/lj53cs6Xe1
— BuzzFeedVideo (@BuzzFeedVideo) April 13, 2016
At first glance, the video seems like it raises pretty valid points. When will we address homophobia in our community? What about colorism? These are serious problems that saturate the black community at every level. However, a lot of Twitter users found problems with some of the other questions, arguing that they were baseless, lazy, and an attempt to once again generalize black people.
— Franchesca Ramsey (@chescaleigh) April 13, 2016
It’s as if someone gave @BuzzFeedVideo a list of vile black stereotypes and said, “I can pay for three minutes.” They nailed it in 2:47.
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) April 13, 2016
@BuzzFeedVideo why is it that black people asking other black people video played on negative stereotypes of the black community
— Bae Area (@MadelyneGuyton) April 13, 2016
The video obviously got a lot of negative feedback. Most claimed that many of the questions stemmed from negative African American stereotypes and sloppily masked themselves as something productive. Soon after the release of the video, twitter hashtag #RealBlackPeopleQuestions rose in popularity as African American Twitter users fired back in a series of mock questions for the black community:
— baeDILLA (@baeElectronica) April 13, 2016
Who. Made. The. Potato. Salad? #RealBlackPeopleQuestions
— Lemon Cake✨ (@TheSlimGoddess) April 13, 2016
— ladykilla96 (@Namastaywoke) April 13, 2016
“If I ask her she gone say no, so can you ask her for me?” #RealBlackPeopleQuestions
— Faygo Mami (@kashmirVIII) April 13, 2016
*Points to one spoon* WHO LEFT ALL THESE DISHES IN THE DAMN SINK #RealBlackPeopleQuestions
— Minnie (@_CallMeLola) April 13, 2016
It seems as if BuzzFeed really dropped the ball on this one. In a failed opportunity to really educate, inspire, and empower the black community, they offended many, which resulted in a quick (and somewhat hilarious) backlash from one of Twitter’s most eclectic communities. Hopefully this will set an example for future attempts to address the community, as many users will be armed and ready.
Do you think BuzzFeed missed the mark? Was this a cheap shot at the black community or were producers ill-prepared when it came to this discussion? Should they give it another shot? Please share your thoughts below.