STEPHEN DAVIS: CNN says social media users who post memes of black people are guilty of 'digital blackface'

CNN last week published an opinion piece titled, “What’s ‘digital blackface?’ And why is it wrong when White people use it?” The article argues that if you are a white person who uses popular GIFs of black celebrities, then you are perpetuating racism.


The author labels the practice of white people using black imagery or culture to express emotions as “digital blackface.” According to this article, written by John Blake of CNN, digital blackface is the modern-day version of minstrel shows from the 19th century.

“Perhaps you posted that meme of supermodel Tyra Banks exploding in anger on 'America’s Next Top Model' (‘I was rooting for you! We were all rooting for you!’). Or maybe you’ve simply posted popular GIFs, such as the one of NBA great Michael Jordan crying, or of drag queen RuPaul declaring, ‘Guuuurl…‘"

"If you’re Black and you’ve shared such images online, you get a pass. But if you’re White, you may have inadvertently perpetuated one of the most insidious forms of contemporary racism.“

At first, it’s hard to determine whether the points made in the article are real or satirical. But after reading the entire article, it is clear that this CNN writer is being genuine when he says that is now racist for white people to use black memes.

Because the demand for racism far exceeds the supply, it’s common for political commentators on the left to call out the simplest of actions as racist. Ironically, they continue to attack the use of people of color in pop culture as racist. One would think that black celebrities and black culture being promoted by everyone of all races would be the opposite of racism.

But for race grifters on the left, this is not the case. We’ve seen numerous examples of people of color being removed from pop culture. Aunt Jemima has been removed from the syrup bottles, the Native American woman on the Land-O-Lakes box is gone, and the Cleveland Indians have changed their name. While some call this racial justice, others argue that it is erasure.

The irony is that while meaningless articles that call everything “blackface” are being promoted by big publications, actual injustices are actively being promoted. Trans-activists like Dylan Mulvaney actively engage in what can be referred to as “woman-face.” Mulvaney has gained massive popularity for his “days of womanhood” segment on TikTok, but anyone who watches his content can see that he is using womanhood as a costume for views and fame.

Why is this behavior tolerated and promoted, but the simple act of a white person posting a meme of a black person compared to the evil racism of the past?

This story originally appeared on Turning Point USA. 

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