My Unpopular Black Opinion

As a person of color, I’m always intrigued to read about black culture and how we as a people perceive ourselves. Although some would believe that the black community is monolithic in its thinking, this is furthest from the truth. Comments and opinions under the hashtag  reveal that not all black people share the same opinions regarding race, politics, relationships, hair, fashion, education, music, food, you name it.

Read below for a summary of some of the top “unpopular opinions” gathered from Twitter under the hashtag . Note that these opinions are not mine; they are the expressed views from Twitter. As a side note, I wonder what the opinions would be coming from an African or Caribbean audience versus a primarily African-American lens.
Racism and Sounding White
  • Not every white person is Racist & our history does not give us the right to be rude to every white person.
  • Americans don’t live in a “post racial society” and we are still suffering from the results of slavery.
  • Racism isn’t our problem to solve cause it was never our fault.
  • A lot of yall pull the race card before even knowing what happened… It’s devalues our movements as a whole
  • Praying is not gonna stop systemic racism. Time we take matters into our own hands on our feet and off our knees.
  • There’s no such thing as sounding white. We won’t progress as a race with a belief that voice associates with race
  • Speaking properly isn’t speaking white. Since when is being proper only a white trait?
  • Black people are racist too
  • Y’all need to stop saying he wanted to be white. He had vitiligo. He was a proud black man. (regarding Michael Jackson)

Dark Skin vs Light Skin Beauty

  • Darkskin women been fine. This didn’t happen overnight.
  • Being lightskin does not automatically make you pretty and being darkskin doesn’t make you ugly.
  • That lightskin-darkskin stuff is a direct descendent of white supremacy. don’t feed into that.
  • My dark skin was always beautiful. Didn’t take the “melanin” trend to make me feel “IN”.
  • Light Skin and Dark Skin jokes aren’t jokes. Their suppressed brainwashing. STOP IT.
  • Just cause I’m light-skinned doesn’t mean I’m not black, stop telling me I cant be black because I’m not dark.

Relationships, “Mixed” Kids, and Fatherhood

  • Interracial relationships are not the problem. The problem is when you bash ur own race & refuse to date within it.
  • Being in an interracial relationship is not a sign of self hate.
  • The not having a father jokes have never seemed funny to me.
  • A single mother CAN NOT teach a boy how to be a man..
  • Growing up without a father is MUCH harder, but it is NOT a death sentence.
  • Mixed kids are no more beautiful than chocolate babies.
  • Its not cute to have young children cursing, twerking or fighting and the adults in the room egging it on.
  • Stop referring to your husband, fiance or boyfriend as “my nigga”. If you truly love him you would respect him.

Black Women (BW)

  • We need to treat our African American women like the queens that they are. Chivalry isn’t dead.
  • I don’t want any compliment that ends with “for a black girls”
  • As a BW, we really don’t care what race BM date…we just get mad when you belittle us.
  • Black women don’t need to be hyper-sexualised to be attractive period.
  • I do not want to be anyone’s “trap queen.”

Natural Hair, Good Hair, and Self Hate

  • Good hair” and “dark skin vs. light skin” are forms of internalized racism taught to promote colorism & self hate
  • There’s more to black culture than natural hair styles, fat asses and big lips.
  • Just because a girl has short hair doesn’t mean she is ugly or bald…
  • Just bc you wear weave doesn’t mean you have no hair.
  • “Good hair” means healthy hair, but does not mean a certain length or a certain texture.
  • How is hair that grows naturally from someone’s scalp not for them..
  • “Natural hair isn’t for everybody” is the DUMBEST statement. How is embracing what you were born with not for you?
  • There is no such thing as “good hair” whatever hair you were born with is “good” enough. Spirals, waves, or Kinks.
  • When I went natural, it was more Black people than white people who had something negative to say.
  • My relaxed hair does not mean that I value Eurocentric beauty and hate myself and my culture.

Education: Intelligence Isn’t white

  • Using proper grammar & enjoying reading for fun does not mean you’re “acting white.”
  • I’m sick of boys trying to become rappers, go be a damn doctor, a lawyer, something.
  • Sports and rapping is not the only way out the hood.
  • Talking with slang doesn’t make you ‘ghetto’ & using proper grammar doesn’t make you sound ‘white.’
  • My ability to form coherent sentences and my vast vocabulary doesn’t make me “white”. Intelligence isn’t white.
  • It’s okay if you’re not good in sports. Get in those books and stay in them.

Black Music Culture

  • Really don’t like rap music; between the excessive profanity, violence and degradation of women I can’t stand it
  • 90s hip hop SLAYS current hip hop.
  • I don’t get the Drake beard or music love.
  • It’s ok to listen to other genres of music other than Hip-Hop and Trap.
  • I’d rather listen to Maroon 5 than young thug. he raps like courage the cowardly dog tryna explain a situation.
  • Beyoncé is alright. Music wise she’s okay. Looks wise she’s decent. Yall overhype her.
  • Beyonce is a normal human being and shouldn’t be worshipped.
  • Tyler Perry movies are the same. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. OF. THEM.
  • The black community doesn’t know the extent Michael Jackson cared about his own race. He was hella woke.
  • Dresses and Jordan’s don’t go together.
  • Pulling up sagging pants will not end inequality for black boys or men.

Thoughts on Southern Cuisine

  • Fried chicken is overrated and it’s killing our people.
  • I hate kool aid it’s either too damn sweet or bland color water.
  • Peach cobbler is horrible.
  • Collard greens are disgusting.
  • Grits are nasty.
  • Cornbread is disgusting.

Sound off your “unpopular opinion” with the hashtag .

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4 thoughts on “My Unpopular Black Opinion

  1. I like this post because of how thought out it is and specific. Not being a person of color I can’t comment too much but to say that Black folks are vital to our world and doing anything to provide opportunities for advancement is a must. I hope I made sense here.

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