The hashtag #IfIWasWhite is trending on Twitter right now. If you wade into the search results, you’ll see that white people are using it to deliver 140-character symposiums on race relations:
— Eddie Mumford (@denselyscribble) February 12, 2014
… and that non-white people are mostly using it to make jokes:
#IfIWasWhite I’d name my dog Benjamin Thurgood Jr and buy him this extravagant dog sweaters and include him in family portraits
— Brandon (@SN252) February 12, 2014
But it doesn’t really count if you’re observing societal double-standards or making lulz with this hashtag. The joke’s kind of on everyone, because:
— Versace (@JaredVsetecka) February 12, 2014
Olympic snowboarder Shaun White failed to medal in Sochi today, and thus, will go home empty-handed. Kind of a crappy day for him.
But if that’s really how the hashtag started, it wasn’t used for those purposes long before #IfIWasWhite got hijacked for Twitter’s latest race debate.
So, in summation, white moral police …
— Kayla Howard (@kayla_bayla13) February 12, 2014
… jokes …
— Malik Pollock (@M_PEEZY14) February 12, 2014
… and relevant lessons in proper grammar:
— CHRIS FOXX (@FoxxFiles) February 12, 2014