Sam White's appearance on #StateOfBlackAmerica divides Black Twitter
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In 2015, both he and Martese Johnson, White's fraternity brother and a victim of police brutality at the University of Virginia, spoke about allyship with MTV and HuffPost Live. This time around he sat appeared on "Confronting Race and Privilege Panel," an installment of The National Urban League's #StateOfBlackAmerica
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."
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