“Black Panther” is out and pretty much everyone loves it. But that’s no reason for the scorching-hot takes to stop.
Here’s The Root’s entry for today:
— The Root (@TheRoot) February 19, 2018
One thing, however, that we can and definitely should start doing is what M’Baku and his Que Dog Jabari Tribe did when encountering a problematic white dude who was speaking when there was no ask or need or purpose for the thoughts and opinions of problematic white dudes.
Not a purposeless bark. This isn’t a shih tzu barking through the window at a squirrel. Instead this would be an intentional bark. A targeted bark. An overpowering bark. A drowning bark. A Wakandan bark. A bark meant to communicate “Um, who told you that you can speak? When it is time for your words, we will let you know. And maybe that time will never come. We’ll see. Now, just shut up and stand there. Maybe get on your phone and google ‘How not to be a colonizer.’ Whatever you do, I want to hear you not speaking.”
The bark doesn’t just have to be a counter for useless words, either. A wayward white hand reaches for your hair? WOOF! WOOF! WOOF! A group of white people huddled on a sidewalk refuse to step aside when you attempt to walk past them? WOOF! WOOF! WOOF! A purse is clutched when you walk on an elevator? WOOF! WOOF! WOOF! (If they’re going to act scared, you might as well give them a reason to be.)
We guess that’s supposed to be funny or something.
— neontaster ? (@neontaster) February 19, 2018
— RBe (@RBPundit) February 19, 2018
Here’s the thing, though: It’s not funny. It’s actually pretty stupid.
Reverse the colors and see how fast this gets flagged
— Matthew P. (@Matthew____P) February 19, 2018
And if Young was trying to make a larger point, he completely buried it. What a hot mess.
I can’t possible see how trying to limit people’s speech based on their skin color could possibly backfire… https://t.co/aRNI69LbfL
— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) February 19, 2018
Ya know that seems awfully racist
— James Johannes (@JamesAlThor) February 19, 2018
Next time, Damon, instead of hitting “publish,” just hit “delete.”
Social justice has reached peak stupid. https://t.co/rpacTnaQHm
— Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) February 19, 2018
Just wait … it can always peak a little more.