This week in Black Twitter: 'Black-ish' airs police brutality episode, Obama and Kids

During the president's last Black History Month in office, Twitter strolls memory lane with #ObamaAndKids.

Introducing This Week in Black Twitter, your weekly digest of the happenings on Black Twitter and cultural conversations on the Web. Topics will span the gamut — with pop culture, politics, sports, lifestyles and everything in between. 

This week's liveliest discussions touched on timely political happenings and themes. 

1. “Black-ish,” the ABC sitcom starring Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson, tackled police brutality in an episode Wednesday night. While some initially believed the show perpetuated racist stereotypes, it is well known for addressing issues surrounding race, such as the n-word, head-on.

Wednesday’s episode, “Hope,” centered on a jury verdict for a fictional officer-involved shooting and mentioned protests, looting and riots similar to the ones following the arrest and death of Freddie Gray.

Baltimore native Ta-Nehisi Coates saw some airtime during fictional news coverage, and his book “Between the World and Me” was referenced several times.

Perhaps the most compelling portion of the episode is this monologue by Anderson's character:

But it didn't quite resonate with everyone.

To watch the episode, go to abc.go.com/shows/blackish.

 

2. As the presidential race heats up, it's starting to set in that President Barack Obama won't be president forever. This poor girl was miserably boohoo crying about Obama's last year in office while saying she's not ready for him to leave.

But some people were crying for entirely different reasons.

Others were preparing for a day they dreaded. 

In a Facebook comment on the video, Obama responded to reassure the little girl (and grown folks) that he won't be going anywhere.

 

3. More Obama: Created by Michael Skolnik to commemorate Obama's last Black History Month in office, the hashtag #ObamaAndKids really aims to pull on heartstrings.

He is also popular with a 106-year-old woman who was absolutely elated to meet the POTUS and FLOTUS.

 

4. In case you didn't know, someone created the Twitter account @deraysvest, in honor of the trademark blue vest worn by civil rights activist and Baltimore Democratic mayoral candidate DeRay Mckesson. And it is hilarious. (Man, I love the Internet.) Seriously, whoever is running that handle deserves a standing ovation.

This week, the account poked fun at the Reality Check portion of Mckesson's website for his mayoral campaign. Its purpose is to clarify any rumors about Mckesson circulating online, but some of the rumors are a bit ridiculous. For example, “Rumor: DeRay is funded by the Illuminati, George Soros, or Teach For America.” The Illuminati? Really, people?

 

5. What's an appropriate amount of time to wait until you speak ill of the dead? You don't even have to wait two weeks, it seems. 

Justice Antonin Scalia has been hailed as a defender of the constitution, but not everyone viewed him that way.

In December Scalia was sharply criticized after he suggested African-Americans didn't belong at elite universities during an affirmative action case. And in response, black students fired off #StayMadAbby tweets to flaunt their hard-earned degrees from rigorous colleges.

At Georgetown University, African-American law students responded to conservatives who were “traumatized, hurt, shaken and angry” by anti-Scalia opinions.

When professors questioned a university press release about the justice's death and one argued that the community wouldn't mourn him, conservative professors expressed their grief and wrote: “This incident is symptomatic of a larger problem in academia: the utter lack of intellectual diversity among faculty, and the deep intolerance for views that dissent from the liberal orthodoxy.”

Then the Black Law Students Association weighed in, saying that while some students are in mourning, "Justice Scalia's legacy affects us in vastly different ways." The group also questioned where faculty's calls for sensitivity were when many black students felt "shaken and angry" about classroom microaggressions and Scalia's comments about affirmative action.

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