And when he made the announcement on Twitter... to say that people were pissed is an understatement.
pic.twitter.com/SeUIimLM94 — Sam White (@samwhiteout) May 18, 2016
Not enough white people remotely care about the #StateOfBlackAmerica, and that's a problem. That needs to change. Everyone should care. — Sam White (@samwhiteout) May 18, 2016
Most people saw his tweet and were like "HOLD. THE. PHONE."
— Ricky Spanish (@R_NCam) May 18, 2016
samwhiteout is like Matt Mcgorry. it's great you're outspoken about the affect of white supremacy but im not celebrating your mediocrity — negrita (@femmeminem) May 18, 2016
White Kappa really think he John Brown— Vann R. Newkirk II (@fivefifths) May 18, 2016
The real ones came for the National Urban League.
I need to speak with your manager @NatUrbanLeague https://t.co/dWXJJ6bRQS — the other one (@imfromraleigh) May 18, 2016
.@NatUrbanLeague I realize Sam isn't the right target, so I am asking y'all: Why was a white man talking to black ppl abt white privilege? — Wakandan Womanist ☔️ (@elledub_1920) May 18, 2016
Some thought that this is was a part of a greater conversation that needs to be had on privilege.
"I acknowledge my privilege" has become so easy as to be essentially fruitless. How are you *sacrificing* your privilege? — wikipedia brown (@eveewing) May 18, 2016
"I acknowledge my privilege" - easy."My paycheck is undeservedly higher than yours" - harder. "I will restore that imbalance" - HARD. — wikipedia brown (@eveewing) May 18, 2016
On the flip side, many defended him.
It says in the top right corner, "confronting race & privilege." People gotta read/watch before trying to drag him. https://t.co/5UC7sw3d2N — scar (@JustScarlette) May 18, 2016
The segment focused on "confronting race and privilege,” the latter being the part of which @samwhiteout gave perspective on. — Tina & Jeff's Boy (@CoryTownes) May 18, 2016
...and even thanked him!
@samwhiteout I appreciate your work, friend! Allyship is important and necessary. Keep on. ✊🏾✊🏻 — Aleidra Allen, M.A. (@klassy_lei) May 18, 2016
Have absolutely no problem with @samwhiteout being apart of the #StateOfBlackAmerica. Congratulations sir. — DJ Wally West (@TheMixedWonder) May 18, 2016
Even though Sam wasn't afraid to defend himself.
Part of allyship is standing up & making it clear you act in opposition to white privilege & white supremacy. https://t.co/eMjcsfTg2K — Sam White (@samwhiteout) May 18, 2016