Non-black people told they're being racist for sharing pictures of Oprah on social media


A non-profit organisation dedicated to social and environmental justice issued a warning about digital blackface, calling it an online phenomenon where white and non-black people share images of black people to express emotion.

The Slow Factory Foundation claimed they perpetuate negative stereotypes that black people are “aggressive, loud and sassy”.

In an Instagram post, the organisation posted one of the many Oprah memes from the bombshell interview as a direct example of “digital blackface”.

They wrote in the post: “Performing Blackness, be it IRL or online, is not an acceptable form of expressing reaction or dissatisfaction, especially not in exchange for likes and retweets.”

The group argued people should not share the countless Oprah memes just because they are popular and suggested they are reminiscent of white people wearing blackface.

They explained: “Since the #MeghanandHarry interview with Oprah, we’ve been seeing a lot of digital blackface infractions with a few of Oprah’s reaction GIFs and images going viral, but that doesn’t mean you should be using them.”

The term digital blackface gained mainstream traction back in 2017 when writer Lauren Michele Jackson used the term in her viral essay for Teen Vogue.

Under their post, there were people who supported the organisation and praised them for raising awareness of digital blackface.

One person said: “Thanks for educating!

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“Definitely going to evaluate what I post and when.”

Others felt the inclusion of memes was going too far and was a form of black erasure.

One person said: “Blackface is a violent and harmful representation of black people rooted in violence.

“Using a GIF of Oprah is NOT blackface.

“That is such a gross misnomer and false equivalency.”

Another said: “I think we need to cover the basics before we start trying to coin terms like digital blackface.

“Racial reconciliation and decolonizing is getting very oversaturated and overcomplicated.

“Can we just try to heal from all the racial trauma that has impacted all people before we start trying to police how people use gifs and emoticons?

“I’m sure this can be a part [of] the process, but it’s really a leap.”

In the bombshell interview, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made shocking allegations about the Royal Family.

The couple claimed there were conversations about the colour of Archie’s skin before he was born.



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