As part of #RaceSwapExp Black women exchanged their Twitter user photos for white men. Christopher Carbone, a writer based of New York City, swapped his photo out for a Black woman’s photo. In a recent post of Thought Catalog, Carbone discusses what he learned after ‘living’ as a Black woman on the popular social network.
1. My follower count went up by about 65. The vast majority of these were social justice-minded people; many (not all) were women of color. I’m not complaining. In fact, I’m thrilled.
2. My troll count went from a handful per week to many more, overnight. I was blocking/reporting around 15 to 25 of them per day. Many were eggs, some were white liberals, some were right-wingers and others were just dudes of unknown political origin.
3. The level of hateful tweets went from zero to off the charts. With many of these trolls, I would respond once and then block them, or just block them. One such troll, @vincentBrook666, tweeted the following to me in all caps.
@christocarbone HOW ABOUT YOU GO GET HUNG YOU FUCKING NIGGER.
— Negan (@vincentBrook666) April 1, 2014
Luckily for Carbone, he’s able to return back to his normal photo. But what he experienced is just a small fraction of what Black women on social media experience every day.
Carbone recognizes his privilege and said just as much, ” For the brilliant women of color that I follow, that’s not an option. If nothing else, this experience has given a new urgency to my personal resolve: I will work to dismantle white supremacy, decenter whiteness and center the voices of black people in my work and my life”.