#blackpowerisforblackmen screenshotHot off the heels of #solidarityisforwhitewomen, a fast-trending and attention-grabbing collection of tweets started by Mikka Kendall that highlighted the lack of regard for black women in mainstream feminist circles, there came #blackpowerisforblackmen.

EBONY.com’s News and Lifestyle Editor and former Clutch Daily Editor Jamilah Lemieux extended the criticism to black men.

“Black women have to explain our humanity to Black men and White women far too often. I’m tired,” Lemieux tweeted on Monday.

Sometime Tuesday, #blackpowerisforblackmen, a powerful, digital lesson on black male privilege and how it affects the lives of black women, was born.

Tweets came at break-neck speed, from established feminist writers and casual Tweeters alike, sprouting lived experiences and cultural observances that varied in topic from street harassment to Beyoncé.

Some of the most illustrative tweets:



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  1. quitevoice1

    Brothas, brothas, brothas…#solidarityisforwhitewomen was a critique of feminism not White women.#blackpowerisforblackmen was a critique of our Black power movements, communal discourse and the general narrative of our culture, not a critique of Black men. Try and see it this way and give it a chance instead of taking it as a personal attack. I would like to critique the media and White male dominated hegemony that has brought about the constant push of my image as a Black jezebel (Monster’s ball) or a mammy (Precious). Hopefully another tag will be made, as it is time to start talking about Viacom, not Hip hop, but Viacom which owns BET and MTV.

    I you think the majority of the sistas involved are coming from the place of holding White men up as the innocent, you are mistaken. There will always be a few nutcases in the bunch, but the majority were not coming from that place.

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