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Earlier this week, the Medium posted an expose of sorts on Black Twitter and the DaQuan meme. Titled, “DaQuan is a White Girl” the author dissects Black Twitter “culture” as well as discloses that he “thinks” the person behind DaQuan is white.

Want to know why they think the person is white? Well simply based on the fact that they scoured the tweets and went back to one of the first few tweets belonging to the account and found:

From Medium:

Which isn’t surprising, as the person running the most popular Daquan twitter account is apparently a teenaged white girl. If you go back far enough into the @ItsDaquann account history (currently at 70k+ followers), it’s full of tweets that are mainly complaining about high school, complaining about eating too much pizza, and salivating over boys. Well, maybe she’s not white. She might be a very light-skinned Ethiopian, or Indian, or something. But that doesn’t really matter (more on this later). Whatever her particular identity may be, she’s certainly no Daquan.

Using this rationale, if you take a look at my Twitter pictures that were posted, I am also a white chick.

The fact of the matter is, if anyone is at fault with making this meme popular, its our own people.  As the meme is ripe with stereotypes and racism, the people laughing and sharing the meme are Black.  The person behind the meme, whether Black or white, has not only found a way to gain viral status in the over saturated world of memes, but also has managed to perpetuate every stereotype known to man.

So what if this person is white? Or if the person is Black? The truth of the matter is, is that if you Black people need to stop laughing and take issue with how they’re being portrayed and allowing themselves to be portrayed.

 

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  • ALM247

    Based on what you wrote, it sounds like one of the main points the person was trying to make is that all of Black twitter is not composed of Black people. The internet allows racists to pose as Black people and to utilize online platforms to promote negative stereotypes.

    That’s one of the issues with online opinions. You never know who is really behind the keyboard.

    • Brad

      So true and sometimes I think white racist come specifically to try and cause conflicts. They pose as black woman or black men to try and bring conflict and start issues.

  • Nerdstradamas

    The two times I have criticized an article, my posts did not appear. The original Medium article analyzing Dequan and Black Twitter is actually quite brilliant and goes beyond “Dequan is White Girl”. It was a really smart and well written piece.

    • yoshi3329

      I agree, i read it this morning. It was great and with some good citations to back up their point on black twitter. I just didn’t agree with the suggestion that Black Americans should up giving up our creativity, particularly, hip-hop like we did Jazz as the writer claims we did. Why not just create our own Twitter. Its not impossible.

    • Nerdstradamas

      Yes. I don’t agree with that either. It would be nice for our community to be able to have long standing traditions as opposed to constantly developing and discarding cultural expressions. Hell, I think we should start appropriating ourselves. River dance classes, anyone?