Clutchettes, let’s chat.
I usually try to stay out of the comments section, but I’m nosey. And lately I’ve been noticing the discussions here at our beloved Clutch have taken a turn for the worst. Between the trolls throwing sharp elbows at Black women, to the contentious debates breaking out over every single thing, I’ve noticed that no matter what we talk about around here, things somehow devolve into a Black men vs. Black women war.
And I don’t like it.
As someone who’s been checking for Clutch for years, even before I started writing, this uptick in conflict has me a little worried.
Let’s be clear: I have no problem with constructive critiques. Over the past three years, I’ve written my fair share of them (as well as also being accused of being a “male-identified” woman, whatever what means). But there’s a thin line between criticism and attacking, and far too often folks seem content to leap over it.
While Clutch is first and foremost a space for smart & fly Black women, because we are merely half of our community we should also be able to discuss (and yes, sometimes critically) issues involving Black men (even if you choose not to date them) without it turning into World War III. Though some brothers (um, and sisters) have done a lousy job of being good allies, we should be able to write about and discuss ALL issues involving Black folks without worrying it will get ugly.
Or perhaps, I’m just getting a little soft in my old age. You tell me.
Is the comments section getting angrier and more contentious, or is it just me?
Let’s talk about it, folks. Nicely?