So now its every black youtuber’s responsibility to personally be all about “the struggle” ? I really hate this idea that to be “socially conscious” means you have to all-day-everyday sit around making political statements. Most of Tre’s videos are commentaries. Satire. Exaggerated tropes meant to poke fun at the absurd stereotypes and “crab mentality” of the black community to make you go “wow we’re messed up.”
Like it or not, black culture DOES glorify harmful behaviors and “problematic” practices on a daily basis but whenever this is brought up someone never fails to shift all the blame back on to white people. They have a part to play, certainly, but so do we- and we’re not playing it. Look on twitter, look on instagram, look on vine, turn on the radio, listen to how regular people talk— Tre is doing absolutely nothing but making fun of what’s already there and its there because this is what we support. This is what we encourage, co-sign, and inadvertently teach.
So how would everybody who co-singed the above suggest Tre single-handedly “deconstruct” white supremacy? Tre has bills to pay. Tre has eat just like you. So unless all of you are willing to stop supporting all these rappers/actors/singers/comedians/personalities/tv-shows/movies that do the exact same thing— let tre live.
But y’all won’t do that. You’ll laugh your heads off at “Real Housewives of ___”, go see the new Tyler Perry movie, walk around singing “THESE HOES AINT LOYAL~”, then turn around and criticize people like Tre and Shannah Malcolm for rolling with it.
Pro tip: regurgitating problematic ideas and yelling “satire!” does not make it satire. Honestly, I’m not interested in “Hoes be like episode 3 million”, but if that’s what you’re into, awesome. I think Tre’s crazy talented and clearly very smart, and I was incredibly proud of him when he came out on YouTube because that took courage and was super inspiring. But I’m not here for anyone who makes a career out of demeaning themselves and other black people. Not Tyler Perry, not the Housewives, Vine & Instagram famous people or anyone else. So you can miss me with that assumption.
Yes, people of all backgrounds say and do problematic things and will continue to do them as long as that is rewarded by mainstream society. That’s….not being debated. I take less issue with those folks and more with the system that favors that type of content over more positive and intelligent content because it creates space for only ONE type of black person to be portrayed. But that’s the awesome thing about YouTube and social media. You don’t HAVE to stick to those stereotypes to be successful! At the end of the day, black content creators are welcome to say and do whatever they want on the internet and as consumers we’re allowed to respond, which….is exactly what we’re doing.
No one is asking Tre to “single-handily deconstruct white supremacy”. That’s ridiculous. But let’s not kid ourselves into thinking it isn’t disingenuous to say one thing about fighting white supremacy, while at the same time using for your professional gain. Make all the “black people love chicken and watermelon” videos you want, but don’t think I won’t give you the side-eye the minute you spit some consciousness as if those videos don’t exist. THAT’S the issue here. Not just the content, but acting as if that content isn’t part of a bigger problem.
As for deconstructing white-supremacy, I do A LOT. Including speaking at colleges and high schools around the country and creating content that has been seen by millions and breaks down important issues in ways that are easily digestible. I don’t just sit on Tumblr all day talking shit. Soooo uh, before you go running your mouth about what I do and don’t do, do your homework. Thanks.
Reblogged from jayjsupremacy