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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Tweets From #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou, Part I (race, racism, politics, & sexual orientation)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part I of a two part series of selected examples of tweets from the April 16, 2014 twitter thread entitled "#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou". That twitter thread was started by Feminista Jonea in response to producer/singer Pharrell's comments on the Oprah Winfrey television show that he was a "New Black":
"In April during an interview with Oprah, super producer Pharrell Williams christened himself a New Black, saying: "The New Black doesn't blame other races for our issues. The New Black dreams and realizes that it's not a pigmentation; it's a mentality. And it's either going to work for you, or it's going to work against you. And you've got to pick the side you're gonna be on." Pharrell's comments were met with equal parts side-eye and praise across the internet (Feminista Jones created the hilariously on-point hashtag #whatkindofblackareyou that set Twitter aflame for 24 hours). People were curious, if a bit confused. What exactly was a New Black, and who appointed Pharrell king?" http://gawker.com/the-curious-case-of-the-new-black-a-conversation-1649462578.

Part I of this series quotes selected top tweets from #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou that focus on race, racism, and sexual orientation.

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2015/03/tweets-from-whatkindofblackareyou-part.html for Part II.

Part II of this series quotes selected top tweets from #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou that focus on culture (childhood memories, hair styles, language (code switching), food, music, and other life experiences).

The content of this post is presented for cultural, historical, and sociological purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to @FeministaJones for starting this twitter thread that showcases Black diversity. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in these posts.

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WHY I DECIDED TO PUBLISH THIS SERIES
As a community folklorist who is interested in documenting Black cultures, I believe that some comments from twitter threads are of folkloric (historical, cultural) value as they reflect commenters' opinions, reminiscences, values, and viewpoints.

I also believe that (similarly to YouTube comment threads) specific tweets are easier to access and study when they are posted on blogs than when they are on their source site/s. Furthermore, (again similarly to YouTube comment threads), twitter threads such as #whatkindofblackareyou often include profanity and sexually explicit matter which may or may not be germane to the subject/s being discussed.

I chose the examples included in these posts for various reasons - because the comments reminded me of my experiences, or presented information about other Black experiences, or because the comments appeared to me to be representative of different opinions about being Black in the United States and elsewhere, and/or because I liked the way a comment was written or what the comment said.

I'm aware that other people quoting comments from that twitter thread might select other examples rather than the ones that I selected.

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DISCLAIMER
This pancocojams series excludes sexually explicit content and uses a bracketed "profanity delected" note for those words so that this content might be available for use in schools. Unfortunately, this series doesn't include any of the (what I consider to high quality) pictures or videos that are included in that twitter thread.

No total number of top tweets that are found in "#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou and I didn't count the number of tweets that were included on that thread. However, I believe that these tweets are representative of those top tweets.

These posts aren't meant to be an overview of the "New Black" term. Visit http://www.clutchmagonline.com/2014/04/pharrell-seemingly-forgets-racism-still-exists-hes-new-black, http://www.teabreakfast.com/newblack-epidemic/ and http://www.randomhouse.com/rhpg/features/tracymorgan/excerpt.php "Introduction to Book I Am The New Black by Tracy Morgan for additional information and comments about the multiple meanings of "New Black" and varied Black reactions to that term. WARNING – Some of the comment sections of those articles contain profanity.

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SELECTED COMMENTS FROM #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=%23whatkindofblackareyou

All of these comments are from April 16, 2014 and focus on race, racism, politics, and/or sexual orientation.

These comments are presented in chronological order with the earliest comments given first. They comments may not be in consecutive order. Numbers are assigned for referencing purposes only.

With the exception of the comment about Murray's shoe polish, these tweets are given without any explanations.

1. neiman marcus garvey ‏@Niyohs
When people find out both of my parents ID as black they have a moment where they don't know what to do anymore Black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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2. Fed-Up Short Chick. ‏@thewayoftheid
I'm "you're going to co-opt everything but the burden" black. *drops mic* #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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3. Black sunshine ‏@Royce_the_52
The kind that doesn't separate being gay and black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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4. Fine Print ‏@Adamant_Yves
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou - I can't (and I won't) separate my queerness from my blackness or my blackness from my queerness.

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5. N'jaila Rhee ‏@BlasianBytch
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou Pointing out that I'm mixed isn't a compliment Black

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6. Karsh ‏@karsh
Not to mention capital B on Black Black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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7. nealcarter ‏@nealcarter
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou I am not your magical negro of blackness type of black

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8. Rashad Timmons ‏@rashadtimmons
I am that black is beautiful, black is enduring, black is unapologetic, black is proud kind of black.

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9. Bassey ‏@Basseyworld
"@udeebee: #WhatKindOFBlackAreYou

In Nigeria, I'm considered fair-skinned, in America I'm too dark for that category" (girl!!!)

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10. Trudy ‏@thetrudz
I'm the "nah, I don't wanna discuss my weekends on Monday mornings at the water cooler with White ppl" kinda Black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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11. Trudy ‏@thetrudz
I'm "define myself for myself so I won't be crunched into other people's fantasies for me & eaten alive" kinda Black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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12. Trudy ‏@thetrudz
I'm a "phenomenal woman, who still rises" kinda Black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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13. Melnea Cass ‏@Cassie_Ashantae
Lol s/o to @FeministaJones for the #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou hashtag. It hilariously shows the multiplicity of Black identity & images.

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14. Michael A. Coughlin ‏@ABereanOne
The type who believes we r all 1 race with many beautiful shades exhibiting our Creator's intelligence and Goodness. #whatkindofblackareyou

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15. W.E.B DemBois ‏@Phil_Cosby_
I'm Murray's black #whatkindofblackareyou
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"Murray's" is a brand of black shoe polish.

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16. Petty Crocker ‏@iSankofa
"We the only black people in here" black #whatkindofblackareyou

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17. Tevin Chris† ‏@TEVINCHRIS
I'm the "wait, what do you mean by I don't sound black" kind of black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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18. Mikki Kendall ‏@Karnythia
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou Every month is Black History month kind of black

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19. Black sunshine ‏@Royce_the_52
The kind that wishes there were more movies around black superheroes #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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20. M. ‏@_MTil
I'm "I don't care if I get darker. I'ma stand out in the sun and get my Nubian glow on" black #whatkindofblackareyou

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21. Patrick Deveaux ‏@JNathonpatrick
@ReaganGomez @DonaldGlover "Drive slow and look forward when you pass the cops'" kinda black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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22. Istahil Ibrahim ‏@istahil88
I'm the kind that can already tell that this hashtag will be co-opted by White folks any minute now... #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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23. G ‏@ineedaGee
I'm the "does it really matter what race I am?" type of person #whatkindofblackareyou

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24. Trudy ‏@thetrudz
I'm Sojourner, Harriet, Ida, Ella, Fannie, Dorothy, Rosa, Assata, Angela, Betty, Coretta & Shirley kinda Black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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25. Filho de Horus ‏@SageSaturn
I'm the "gentrification sounds an awful lot like settler colonialism and Manifest Destiny" kinda Black
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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26. Equality lol ‏@BARACKOMARCUS
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou "u talk white" black

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27. Trudy ‏@thetrudz
I'm "mutual side eyes with BW in public when random Whites try to skip us in line at Starbucks" kinda Black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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28. Goldman Blacks, MBA ‏@MandingoRFC
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou that enjoys the reaction when racists realize you're smarter than them lol

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29. your fav ‏@fakerapper
#whatkindofblackareyou a brilliant and fine ass black man who happened to be assigned female at birth

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30. Hind Makki ‏@HindMakki
The kind of black who looks Desi, has a white accent, wraps her scarf Arab-style & is straight from Africa #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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31. Rashad Timmons ‏@rashadtimmons
I am that Assata Shakur, Fannie Lou, Angela Davis, Sojourner Truth kind of black.

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32. Bondye ‏@HYFRchrilliams
#whatkindofblackareyou ignores the "does race even matter" Blacks kind of Black.

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33. Empathize This ‏@empathizethis
RT @FeministaJones: #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

*hears story of a crime on the news*
*silently prays it isn't a Black person* Black

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34. Patrick ‏@PresidentPat East Lansing, MI
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

Stop looking at me when the Professor is discussing Black issues kind of Black.

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35. Bougie Black Girl ‏@BougieBlackGurl
#whatkindofblackareyou I'm the kind that refuses to be placed in your boxes to be indexed & categorized. I'm limitless. I'm my kind of Black

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36. Trudy ‏@thetrudz
I'm "root for the talented Black girl who will be voted off the reality show regardless" kinda Black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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37. Meme ‏@_AverageJoaan
"No I'm not on an athletic team..I have an academic scholarship" black

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38. Trudy ‏@thetrudz
I'm "highest grade on the exam and smirk as disillusioned Whites wonder why they got a B" kinda Black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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39. Hind Makki ‏@HindMakki
The kind who doesn't present as black to folks who think in stereotypes, but fully identifies as such #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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40. Tryst ‏@aurikarma
I'm "all I gotta do is stay Black and die" type of Black. #whatkindofblackareyou

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41. Morgen ‏@MorgenBromell
#whatkindofblackareyou "Not your token, not your teacher, not your mammy" black

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42. Jeff Swagwell ‏@primetimeRYNE
i'm "always root for the black family on Family Feud" type black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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43. Trudy ‏@thetrudz
@radrebellion Thus, I'm "rolling my eyes at media predictability, objectification and lack of ethics" kinda Black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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44. NO LIMIT SOLDIER ‏@THE_SKINNY_1
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou militant with a purpose

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45. Queen Amber ‏@DaretoBeGLAM
i'm the whatever kind of black I want to be when I want to be it you can't label my blackness because it just is... #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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46. Elle La Negra ‏@FireinFreetown
I'm own a Black business and frequent Black businesses Black. Ujamaa is year round Black #whatkindofBlackareyou

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47. Mrs. Carter Show. ‏@elledub_1920
I'm "I thought you were white cuz you sounded white on the phone" Black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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48. Hannah Giorgis ‏@ethiopienne
I'm injera-eatin, side-eyein, don't-you-dare-try-to-mobilize-me-against-any-other-part-of-the-diaspora Black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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49. Brandon ‏@JealousCloud
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou
The kind that always gets asked for directions in Spanish.

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50. nealcarter ‏@nealcarter
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou I'm letter from Birmingham jail type of black

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51. JJ ‏@Jay_J__13
is there really a trending topic called #whatkindofblackareyou, I'm the kind of black that just like everyone else .......Human

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52. Tamara ‏@LibertarianSass
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou the kind that rejects litmus tests to determine how "black" people are

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53. Tamara ‏@LibertarianSass
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou in all likelihood probably somewhere in between Carlton & Condoleeza

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Black Girl Problems ‏@BlkGirl_Problms
I'm the "stand united or fall divided" black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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54. Shaughn ‏@Shaughn_A
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou
One who wld rather be taught to fish instead of begging for govt to hand me fish lifelong.

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55. Sula Peace ‏@Deuce_exMachina
"Saying you like me BECAUSE I'm lightskinned will get you cut off immediately" Black #Whatkindofblackareyou

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56. Crommunist ‏@Crommunist
I'm a "no but where are you REALLY from?" kind of black. A "yeah but you're not REALLY black" kind of black.

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57. Reagan Gomez ‏@ReaganGomez
I'm "Hey, do you tan? Nah sweetie I woke up like this." kind of black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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58. Trudy ‏@thetrudz
I'm "without justice there can be no love" kinda Black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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59. GrooveSDC ‏@GrooveSDC Fresno, CA
The kind who thinks its odd the same people who tell me to "get over" slavery can't "get over" a Black President #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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60. sarah ‏@lazyteenafi
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou i am the very rare white skin black

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61. Ayana✨ ‏@5ft_yana
I'm the "Why do you talk like a white girl?" kind of black... NO, I just speak properly! 😠😒 #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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62. BenĂ© ‏@beneviera
This RT @lesellele: I'm 'your respectability politics will not save you and it will not keep our children safe' Black #whatkindofblackareyou

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63. K ‏@_brwnsgr
Unapologetically black, beautiful black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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64. Bougie Black Girl ‏@BougieBlackGurl
I am ambitious, driven, politically savvy & proud to be Black kind of Black. The kind of Black that scares you #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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65. Dr. DiY ‏@Ms_Talleyy
"@MelanieCoMcCoy: I'm that "Black women supporting other Black women without putting down Black men" kind of Black #whatkindofblackareyou"

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66. BaeyoncĂ©♥ ‏@afrococos
The "stop the lightskin vs. brownskin vs. darkskin mess, you're all black" kind of black #WhatKindofBlackAreYou

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67. Bougie Black Girl ‏@BougieBlackGurl
The kind who loves seeing Black women call each other sister regardless of who she is or where she is from #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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88. Bougie Black Girl ‏@BougieBlackGurl
The kind of Black of celebrates the diversity of experiences and opinions of all Blacks. We are not monolithic. #whatkindofblackareyou

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69. #FeedArt by ‏@DangerousLee
I'm Cameroon/Congo, Benin/Togo, Ivory Coast/Ghana, Senegal and Nigeria. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou?

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70. Lovely Coconuts ‏@sim91simma
Resisting the system in the midst of being in The system type black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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71. Bougie Black Girl ‏@BougieBlackGurl

I am the kind of Black who loves being Black. #whatkindofblackareyou

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72. Logan Anderson ‏@LoganD_Anderson
I'm the "sick and tired of being told Im not black because I'm not 'hood' or 'ghetto'" kind. YOU dont dictate MY race #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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73. A Soldier of the Art ‏@SelinaNBrown
I am the kind of black, that don't want to be, the only black person in the room... #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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74. Book Wop ‏@Jsullhart
#Whatkindofblackareyou
I'm the Jesus didn't look like a homeless white man kind of black

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75. Rashad Timmons ‏@rashadtimmons
I am that fight against racism, capitalism, patriarchy, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, xenophobia kind of black.
#WhatKindofBlackAreYou

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76. LAUREN ‏@lalaurennerual
#WhatKindofBlackAreYou that "too black for the whites, too white for the blacks" kind of black

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77. Trudy ‏@thetrudz
I'm "thank @FeministaJones for #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou tag; rejects anti-Black binary of new/old Black when 'new = ahistorical'" kinda Black.

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78. afropoetic ‏@angstyblkwoman
Smart enough to know that Black people talking AMONG themselves ABOUT themselves isn't racist kinda Black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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79. BaeyoncĂ©♥ ‏@afrococos
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou The “just because we’re friends, doesn’t mean you’re allowed to use the n word” kind of black

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80. Brandon ‏@JealousCloud
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou
The all encompassing, refuse to be labeled, kind.

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81. Queen Amber ‏@DaretoBeGLAM
I'm that being pro-black doesn't mean being anti everything else kind of black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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82. Africana WomaNINJA ‏@MelanieCoMcCoy
I'm that "post-racialism is a joke" kind of Black
#whatkindofblackareyou

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83. Hannah Giorgis ‏@ethiopienne
I'm "not gonna play into your educational respectability politics but will read you for filth" kinda Black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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84. ItchyAreola ‏@radrebellion
I'm the OF COURSE there's a #whatkindofwhiteareyou cause whites copy EVERYTHING Blacks do kinda Black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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This concludes Part I of this series.

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