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B/AACC hosts discussion on the impacts of Black Twitter

The Black/African American Culrural Center (Collegian File Photo)

Black Twitter, a virtual community mostly consisting of Black or African American Twitter users, is mostly known for its clap backs and activism. Black Twitter impacts both the people participating in it and watching it unfold greatly.

The Black/ African American Culture Center office had a real talk Tuesday afternoon about how social media affects Black Twitter and other social media movements, what they are used for and what you can learn from it. 

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Black twitter is a community where you can relate to people all around the world who understand you culturally, or you can gain information, or you can see some funny memes.” -Bethany Norwood, neuroscience major  

Black Twitter is very insightful for some members and users to find out the latest news. 

“Black Twitter is a community where you can relate to people all around the world who understand you culturally, or you can gain information or you can see some funny memes.” Bethany Norwood, neuroscience major, said. “I think the access to information has led to me being more woke and understanding certain situations that are not just going on in my neighborhood but all over the world.”

Black Twitter has also helped people find insight into the Black community. 

“Black Twitter has given me a lot of information that I wouldn’t have known otherwise,” Tristen Peyser, a senior studying human development and family studies, said. “It has given me more insight on the Black community because I’m not from Colorado, and I feel like Colorado is a very white state. So, I feel like it kept me in touch with where I’m from. I’m biracial, so it has helped me connect to that side of my family.”

There are over 67 million Twitter users in the U.S.

Black Twitter has many uses and makes people of color feel like they have a voice.

“Black Twitter is basically a way for people to express themselves,” Corissa Norwood, a sophomore majoring in health and exercise science, said. “It’s a platform where they are able to be taken seriously and help people of color with problems and tell people politically what is wrong and right. It has impacted me because it has given me a way to express myself, whether it’s tweeting back at them or retweeting them just to get around for people that don’t understand the struggle to realize what is happening in the Black community to help us out more.”

Collegian reporter Isabelle Rayburn can be reached at entertainment@collegian.com or on Twitter @Seiss_Diosaa.

 
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