Shoutout To My DEIs: Black Twitter Redefines The Term ‘DEI’ After White Conservatives Try To Make It Racist Slur

Shoutout To My DEIs: Black Twitter Redefines The Term ‘DEI’ After White Conservatives Try To Make It Racist Slur

The term DEI, which refers to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, was recently trending on X (formerly known as Twitter) but not for typical reasons. Since its inception in the 1960s, DEI has been intended to describe initiatives and programs promoting diversity, equity and inclusivity — usually in employment and organizations. During the Black Lives Matter movement, companies pledged to amplify Black employees and create positions focused on inclusive culture.

Now, as there’s an increase to erase remnants of Black history from books, curriculums and monuments, many trolls are attempting to do the same with acronyms. “DEI” was recently trending on X after it was twisted to mean “Didn’t Earn It” — alluding to the thought that minority people who may have benefited from DEI programs and initiatives “didn’t earn it.”

Naturally, Black folks called out their disrespect and decided to find the humor in it all. Black Twitter began using “DEI’s” as a tongue-in-cheek way to turn the term back into a pro-Black statement.

One user called out the shady use of the acronym after it was used to describe Baltimore’s Mayor Brandon Scott.

This X-user said the term was off-limits since they wanted to make it about race.

Another said let’s put a little rhythm behind it.

And this one loved that Black people once again overshadowed hate by taking over the trending spot.

Mayor Scott would later appear on MSNBC to address the negative use of “DEI.” He spoke with host Joy Reid and expressed how young Black men are often demonized in today’s society.

“Black men and young Black men, in particular, have been the boogie man for those who are racist and think that only straight, wealthy white men should have a say in anything,” he said.

He went on to once again reclaim the meaning of “DEI” but noted the intent behind its malicious use.

“What they mean by DEI, in my opinion, is duly elected incumbent. We know what they wanna say, but they don’t have the courage to say the N-word,” he said.

Banning TikTok: Here’s Everything We Know About The Bill To Kill Social Media Giant In The U.S.

Banning TikTok: Here’s Everything We Know About The Bill To Kill Social Media Giant In The U.S.

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TikTokers should beware of a new bill that advanced in the U.S. House of Representatives last week and could result in the social media platform being banned in the nation.

U.S. lawmakers are cracking down on one of the most beloved social media apps and one of the nation’s leading search engines, TikTok. Lawmakers began cracking down after national security concerns became apparent thanks to TikTok’s Chinese parent company, ByteDance.

The proposed bill would prohibit TikTok from US app stores unless the social media platform disassociates from ByteDance.

The bill, known as the “Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act,” advanced on Wednesday out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee last week. On Wednesday, it was passed in the House with 352 affirmative votes and just 65 representatives dissenting.

Over 170 million Americans use TikTok and have quickly shared their concerns regarding the ban online. They share that It’s where they go to find connection, entertainment, information and for many, earn a living. Several users documented their phone calls to their local representatives, urging them to vote “no” on the bill.

No need for TikTok fanatics to panic just yet. The popular social media app won’t be removed from Americans’ phones anytime soon. The bill has to overcome a few obstacles before its signed into law.

Some things to note about the ban:

Will the bill really become law?

Since the bill has passed the House, it will move to the Senate where the outcome is unclear.

Its biggest obstacle is that the bill will affect TikTok users, who make up the demographic of young voters these American politicians need in the 2024 U.S. election. Many TikTok users called their reps threatening to vote for other candidates if they voted to pass the bill.

If it does get passed, how would the ban work?

The bill would give TikTok roughly five months to separate from ByteDance, or else app stores in the United States would be prohibited from hosting the app on their platforms.

App stores that violate the legislation could be fined based on the number of users of a banned app. The bill establishes fines of $5,000 per user of a banned app. So, in the case of TikTok, Apple and Google could potentially be on the hook for up to $850 billion in fines each.

Are there other apps that could replace TikTok for American social media users?

There are alternative social media platforms where users can go (and likely already are) to create and consume short-form videos. Between Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and YouTube, TikToker users have several options. However, they realize that these options are not favorable for their content to be seen by a huge audience across the world. The algorithm is set up differently than that of competing social media platforms.

Don’t be so quick to post your farewell videos on TikTok, but still prepare for the worst possible outcome.  Many users are following their favorite creators on other platforms, “just in case.”

We will keep our readers updated on the ban as the bill makes its way to the U.S. Senate.

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