Remember, a few years ago, when President Barack Obama and many newspaper editorial boards and pundits called on the nation to discuss race? Remember, about a decade before that, when President Bill Clinton called for a “national conversation on race“?

On Twitter, without a lot of fanfare or media attention, such conversations occur every day.

Case in point: Right now #WhitePplDoItButBlackPplDont is the #2 trending topic in the United States, meaning it is one of the most tweeted-about topics in the country (second only to #AddictedTo).

Today, Twitter users (mostly black, but also whites and other races) are discussing differences in behavior between black people and white people. Most people using the #WhitePplDoItButBlackPplDont hashtag are tweeting with candor, humor, and civility:

In a nutshell: white people are overprotective of their kids, underdress in the winter, and engage in dangerous stunts. Black people don’t follow the directions on Kool-Aid packets and get killed in horror movies.

Well, OK, then!

Race is a controversial topic, so it comes as no surprise that not everyone is happy with the #WhitePplDoItButBlackPplDont hashtag:

At least one Twitter user felt left out:

Fair enough. But if we are going to listen to people talk about race, we’d rather listen to the conversation on Twitter, where real people participate, as opposed to newspaper editorial boardrooms, universities, and Foundation-sponsored conferences dominated by well-to-do Manhattan and Beltway elites.