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This past week, I’ve been busy taking notes on a few different article ideas I had planned out, this one wasn’t one of them. I hadn’t planned on spending time writing an article on Buzzfeed, but after seeing their latest move, I pushed all other projects aside and got to work on this one. First things first, I used to really like Buzzfeed. I thought their videos were entertaining, and something to numb my brain a little before bed. This ended well over a year ago when I started to notice a pattern with their ‘Questions’ videos. After unsubscribing from them, I just ignored their hypocrisy - until today. If you haven’t seen BuzzFeed’s questions videos, I suggest you check them out in their entirety, I will post the links on here as well to make that easier for you. I will be answering a few selected questions from their videos on here in case you don’t watch the videos, or you have seen them and don’t need the recap.
The biggest issue I had regarding Buzzfeed happened today, I’m sure most of you saw the they had published a short article titled, “37 Things White People Need to Stop Ruining in 2018.” If you haven’t, you can find it here. The list includes things like, ‘America’ and ‘Our National Anthem.’ After a clear outrage of the visibly racist article was brought to light, someone from Buzzfeed posted an article titled, “37 Things Black People Need to Stop Ruining in 2018.” The article was removed within minutes, and a disclaimer explained how it was not reviewed or endorsed by Buzzfeed. The article was luckily archived before it was deleted and can be found here. The article includes examples like, ‘Inner Cities’ and ‘European History.’ If Buzzfeed can do one about white people and it not be considered racist, why is it racist to do one on blacks?
Let’s move onto their videos. Let’s begin with their video titled, “9 Questions Native American’s Have for White People.” This video included questions like, “How are you enjoying our land?” And “Why do we have to prove our ethnicity to you?” Both questions were asked in very angry sarcastic tones. As for “How are you enjoying our land?” You mean the land that you fought amongst yourselves over long before the white man arrived? Then eventually surrendering to us after over 100 years of fighting over it like every other nation on Earth has for land? As for your ‘having to prove your ethnicity.’ When has anyone ever demanded to know just how Native American you are? Very highly doubt it’s such a common occurrence that it needed brought up in a video, but hey, victim points right?
The second video I’d like to mention on this long list is Buzzfeeds video, “24 Questions Black People have for White People.” I could already feel the tolerance and acceptance before even watching it. This video included questions like, “This was the hair I was born with, so you wearing it as a trend is not cute!” Not a question, but sure let’s go there.
Don’t culturally appropriate our hair. We were born with it, when you wear it as a trend, it’s not cute.
Don’t Culturally appropriate our eyes. We were born with it, when you wear it as a trend, it’s not cute.
Don’t culturally appropriate our skin color. We were born with it, when you wear it as a trend, it’s not cute.
Second question from that video, “Can you appropriate my student loans?” Probably the dumbest question I’ve ever heard in my life, honestly. I suppose since I’m white I should call my student loan provider and remind them of my race so that they erase my debt immediately. Because, you know, whites don’t have debt. We also don’t have the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). Heres a list of other grants African Americans have access to that we as whites, do not. List.
The third video is titled, “Questions Muslims have for non-Muslims.”- Aka white people. The first question we will be exploring from this video is, “Why do you put bacon in everything?” Short and sweet answer to that would be because this is the west and we don’t cater to just one group, that’s your responsibility to watch what you eat. If you cannot eat bacon because of your religion, then do not purchase bacon infused foods.
Second question, “When are you going to stop asking me if I pray 5 times a day?” Who has honestly asked that so many times to a Muslim that it warrants a spot in a video? And to answer that, if you’re not praying 5 times a day then you’re not agreeing to your tenets as a Muslim, making you not a great example for this video to be based on.
The third and final question from this video is, “Why are only Muslims mentioned in talks about religious extremism? Did ya’ll forget about the KKK, Westboro Baptist Church, Crusades?” The reason we discuss Muslims in cases of religious extremism is because Muslims murder people all of the time, including their own family members I.E wives, children, in laws, do the words, ‘honor killings’ring a bell? The KKK is not a religion, and the WBC isn’t a threat to everyday life to large numbers of people. If anything they’re regarded more as an annoying joke that just won’t stop being told. The primary victims of ISIS are other Muslims, that in itself is considered an act of religious extremism, not to mention throwing gays off of buildings, mass rapes of women, honor killings, and beheading children. As for the crusades, she’s indeed referring to the event that ended in 1291 A.D. This means her complaint is 726 years old, soon to be 727 years old. Not a relevant argument.
My favorite video I saved for the last of this ‘race’ segment, and it’s titled, “33 Questions White People Have for White People.” I had already figured it was going to be self-hatred and stupid questions, instead what I found was not only was it full of self-hating whites, but the questions were brutal, and incredibly full of virtue signals to POC. The first less painful question is, “Why can’t white people dance?” We can, it’s called ballet. Ballet takes years of dedication and practice, often beginning by age 2 or 3. It’s incredibly painful, and demands discipline. Obviously there’s multiple other dance examples, such as Spanish Dancing, Irish Dancing, German, etc. All of these are ‘white dances.’ But most of us don’t twerk, so.
Professional Adult Ballet
Begining the journey of training to be ballerinas
Traditional Spanish dance
Traditional Irish dance
Traditional German dance
Question number two, “Why do we get excited to brag on Instagram that we went to a really cool cultural festival even though we went with all white friends?” Because at cultural festivals there isn’t affirmative action that demands you bring a POC, however, if you don’t have a POC friend then aren’t you considered racist by today’s standards anyways? Maybe you should check your privilege on that one.
Question number three, “Why can’t you be comfortable in your own skin?” Please refer above to the cultural appropriation pictures I posted, and then feel free to ask that to an African American.
Question number four, “Why do you assume movies with white stars are instantly more relatable than movies with people of color?” This is called tribalism, meaning we feel these characters are more relatable because they’re our same race. If I felt like I had a lot in common with Madea, I’d get some very confused looks.
This one isn’t a question, but let’s examine it anyways. “People of color have had to relate to white characters for all of cinematic history.” Irrelevant to 2017/2018, but nice virtue signal attempt.
Question number five, “Why aren’t we complaining that the Oscars and other award shows are all white?” Do we really need to implement affirmative action to award shows just to make some ego’s feel better about themselves? The Oscars aren’t rigged. Perhaps there need to be more white performers and artists at the BET’s via affirmative action and we can see how everyone feels about it after?
I’ve compiled the final few questions into one sentence, “Why do you avoid confrontation? Why do you hate spices? Why do we appropriate other cultures?” I’m hoping by now you’ve seen the insanity of these questions and have been able to see quite clearly the self-hatred these white people express during these questions. Who were these questions written by? Every question mentioned in the video and on here has to do with the plight of people of color, and how ridiculous white people are. How is that not viewed as self-hatred?
The final point I’d like to make on this video is the ending statement made by a male, “A 2 minute video about whiteness vs Hundreds of years of systematic oppression, I think we can deal with this.”
Speak for yourself. Let’s examine. The word Slave comes from the Slavic word, ‘Slav’ which refers to the Slavs who were taken as slaves by the Muslims of Spain during the ninth century AD. For hundreds of years under the Barbary Slave Trade over one million white Christian Europeans were taken as slaves by Arabs. You guessed it, that’s white’s being enslaved by brown people! Arabs also enslaved Africans and castrated the young boys to prevent them from reproducing. Why isn’t Buzzfeed addressing that tidbit instead of blaming whites for every negative thing on Earth that has ever happened to people of color? Let’s not forget whites were the first to systematically end slavery, while 46 million African slaves still exist in their home continent of Africa, as well as millions of Indian slaves. Whites also died by the thousands in Africa to free Africans from their Arab slave owners, as well as in the Civil War, but Buzzfeed won’t mention that. This idea that only whites are responsible for slavery is not only historically incorrect, it’s racist.
Notice on BuzzFeed’s page, every race can ask questions of whites, but whites cannot ask any of them, only of each other. Almost like there’s a one-sided agenda.
Buzzfeed is without a doubt one of the trashiest and racist companies I’ve seen, which is a shame considering if they backed away from ridiculous videos like those I’ve listed above, they could have potential to be enjoyed by everyone. I encourage you to watch the videos I’ve linked, or to at least look into them yourself if you’re unfamiliar with them, or haven’t noticed this pattern before.
Thank you for reading,