This Week in Black Twitter: Coming to terms with outcome of Freddie Gray case, #ArthurMemes

Welcome back to 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: Those hoping justice would be served in favor of Freddie Gray come to terms with case's outcome, Bill O'Reilly downplays slavery and #ArthurMemes take over.

1. In a surprising decision to some and expected for others, all charges against all officers were dropped in the Freddie Gray case on Wednesday.


The announcement by State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby came a day after the Democratic National Convention featured onstage #MothersoftheMovement, such as Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin; Lesley McSpadden, the mother of Mike Brown; Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner; and several others.

Activist Brittany Packnett wrote for The Guardian about how it felt to hear the news after witnessing that moment at the convention.

"And in the wake of acquittal after acquittal, the message continues to be clear: not only do black lives, hearts and spines not matter to a system that continually kills us, but the only people who seem to be guilty of our deaths are ourselves," she explained. "When we die, our homicides are ruled suicides. When we die, there must have been some act, some moment, some single bad decision that caused it. When we die, we must have done something to deserve it."

In a series of tweets, activist/actor Jesse Williams spoke out about the dismissals and questioned the point of the Constitution, beginning with a quote from anarchist Max Stirner.

Others online shared his sentiments.

But not everyone. Some felt the officers never should have been charged.

2. According to Bill O'Reilly, the slaves who built the White House were "well-fed."

It all started Monday when first lady Michelle Obama gave an impassioned speech at the DNC, saying: "I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves, and I watch my daughters — two beautiful, intelligent, black young women — playing with their dogs on the White House lawn."

On his Fox show "The O'Reilly Factor," O'Reilly said that those slaves were "well-fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government." He also took the time to point out that slaves weren't the only ones working on the structure.

O'Reilly downplayed a system that sold humans like cattle and slaves' role in creating the important complex, critics contended.

"If you're a privileged, older white man, maybe you should not be pointing out the positive aspects of slavery," Corden said as his audience erupted in laughter and applause.

3. Don't ask why. Don't ask how. Just enjoy the #ArthurMemes from a favorite childhood show.


If you haven't seen the angry Apple store lady vine, then do yourself a favor and watch it.

Don't y'all start with "Little Bill." Some TV shows are sacred.