August 21, 2017

healing racism with humour and understanding

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There’s a little part of the internet (actually two) i’ve been watching for the past few months and i wanted to share them with you because i believe these places are breaking new grounds in togetherness and  race relations.

Battling racism in a positive and fun way – something the western world desperately needs right at this moment – by opening up cultural issues, and poking fun and stereotypical differences in a way that is for everyone to enjoy and feel part of

Having devoted the past six years of my life to building human and community togetherness around the world, the recent surge in anger and racism is something i wanted to write about. The unlikely source of my inspiration for writing this article is a reddit sub called r/blackpeopletwitter, and conversely r/whitepeopletwitter


Black People Twitter

Screenshots of Black people being hilarious and insightful on social media, it doesn’t need to just be twitter but obviously that is best

Black culture has a unique way of examining the everyday and we are here to showcase that

If you believe that understanding is the cornerstone of togetherness then sharing our differences and different life experiences in a light-hearted, enjoyable way together is a huge leap forwards

The posts on the platform are a mix cheerful sharing daily experiences related to Black culture, issues which should receive more awareness, general witticism, and american politics (for obvious and unfortunate reasons)


White People Twitter

Started as a sister subreddit to r/blackpeopletwitter it has no description, but operates under the same principles – inclusively celebrating life in a humorous way viewed through the lens of being white


Taken together these (whether intentional or not) can be a way of breaking down barriers and inviting people in to share in culturally specific areas of life, in a way that centres around celebrating the authors creativity, which keeps the atmosphere mostly positive. They are also an innovative tool for helping others to see life from another point of view, and with the all-inclusive nature, to me, these are treasures of the internet doing outstanding work on promoting togetherness


This was one tough article to write. You know when you find a new band, listen them all the time then when you show it a friend its suddenly ‘oh, this song isn’t all that great, lets skip to ..ah. not that one. the next’. this was like that. Also highly sensitive topics are much higher bar than laughing to myself, and knowing someone will almost certainly get offended is a writers block tsunami.

anyway i didn’t delete this ..just 6 times, because perhaps someone will find it as hopeful a sign for the future as i did

edit: a few others have gained steam including;
Scottish People Twitter – gives a little insight into Scottish culture, mostly focused on just banter and creative insults. i guess so is Scottish culture so a pretty accurate glimpse in then.
Indian People Facebook – this group has a more mocking tone mostly filled with Indian guys who act creepy towards women. There are also some fabulous wholesome posts and some which laugh together at aspects of the culture in there too, although i felt the balance is less wonderful.

Also published on Medium.

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