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By now most of us have heard of Black Twitter; that invisible yet undeniable force that processes all that is cool (and uncool) through a filter of merciless wit. But in recent months I’ve noticed a new term popping up on my timelines; a subset of Black Twitter known as – ‘Hotep Twitter.’

What is ‘Hotep Twitter’ you ask?

Well according to The Visibility Project,

There is a unique creature that one finds in the wilderness of Black Twitter. This specimen can usually be found championing for the rights of Black men while simultaneously throwing Black women, Black Trans persons, Black members of the LGBTQ community or anyone else who is not a Black male under the bus.

At first glance, one may think this creature is extremely conscious of intersectional activism and is down to fight the cause of ALL Black people because they frequently quote Malcolm X and have Maya Angelou as their profile pic on Twitter. Be cautious though because this being is not a friend or an ally.

[We] refer to these people as members of “Hotep” or “Ankh” or “Ashy-Ankh Wearing” twitter. The titles deriving from the frequently used Pharaohs and Queens of Egypt rhetoric, thrown around by this group of people.

The minute I read this I said “Oh my goodness. Yes! I know these people.”

Usually I have a live and let live philosophy about such things. I love a good debate and make it a point to have people in my circle with varying opinions. Yet after thinking back on some of my personal experiences with this particular group, I gotta say – I think Hotep Twitter is borderline dangerous.


Because while they think they are fighting for the advancement of the black race, they are actually perpetuating the same crabs in a barrel, “Willie Lynch” propaganda that has held us down for eons.

Think about it this way…

When a white person gets upset, or does something unsavory, have you ever heard another white person say, “See. That’s why our people can’t have nice things. Bob just ruined it for us!”

No. You probably haven’t. And if so, not often.

That’s because, white people are empowered to see themselves as individuals. Bob’s actions are only a reflection of Bob. No matter what that fool does, his whole race gets to keep on being themselves. Unscathed.

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