As a member of “Black Twitter,” I’m conflicted about the moniker. My participation in feminist, geek or New York Twitter have yet to receive the same level of scrutiny as my membership in Black Twitter. At the same time, there’s joy in the name. Black. Twitter. Using the same social media everyone else is, this cultural movement has been a repeated source of insightful analysis, hilarity and virtual support that affirms the shared and diverse experiences of being black both online and off. One in four black people who are online at all is tweeting, using the platform to offer instant feedback on the news of the moment
Let me make something clear right up front: you have no real idea what it’s like to be discriminated against on the basis of race. Neither do I. You know why? Because we’re white. We’re white people in America, and that means almost every aspect of the country we live in is geared toward us: 99% of books, television, film, magazines, and even porn is made for us and represents us. Maybe you read (though for some reason I deeply doubt it) my article on the absurdity of #WhiteGirlsRock. It’s absurd because white people don’t need an extra reminder of their value…because it’s reaffirmed for them (for us) every single day by the people we see in the media, by the people that run this country, and yes, even by the people that act as our educators. American education has long been under fire by people who use their brains over the continued teaching that Christopher Columbus was a great dude and a hero and someone we should all celebrate year after year. But you probably still think that, don’t you?
When others know more about your body than you do, it’s a huge set up (purposely done for a long time in contemporary society) to be controlled. Ask to have everything explained. If you don’t understand why you are being poked, tested or drugged up, ask again. If it’s not in your language, ask for a comprehensive translation. Your body is your most intimate space. When we are left in the dark about our bodies, we are vulnerable to being taken advantage of, injured, and misinformed. There is a method to the madness of cluelessness that pervades our experiences with achieving optimal health and wellness. Demand to know everything. Your body, your right to understand. Reclaim your right to be educated and informed.