Black Creators Deserve Recognition
A gap exists between White creators and Black creators on Tik Tok, Twitter, and Instagram. The gap lies in the respect, credit, and interaction black creators get compared to their white counterparts. To obtain a place as a prominent black creator, you would need to be attractive, thin, and lighter-skinned.
As an example of trying to become a popular black creator, I’ll use myself. I posted a video calling out the gap between white and black creators which received over 90 thousand likes and amassed over 290 thousand views. As I read the comments, I realized the reason I attained the short-lived fame. The attention came from my privilege as passing for male and performative activists trying to calm their white guilt. I received no backlash for calling out the gap.
Twitter and Tik Tok user, Shy Smith, is amongst many black creators who receive extreme amounts of harassment for speaking their mind. Smith is known for bringing the Y2K era to the internet, crediting her fashion inspirations as Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Lil Kim.
Smith is innovative with her content, not only for bringing her stylized outfits that come directly from the 2000s. She gives a visual representation of the joy that surrounded the era and starting the glamorization of Y2K fashion and music on the internet.
While still not being widely known, Smith is undeniably influential. She singlehandedly brought back the Y2k era to Tik Tok. Her original content has been stolen by creators with substantial followings, mimicking her movements, clothes, and music without crediting her. Across social media, I have seen black women fight for their property and end up encountering hateful fans, racial slurs, and misogynoir.
To become known and respected on social media as a black creator, you have to be thin, attractive to eurocentric standards, wealthy, humorous, or lighter-skinned. But expressing an opinion that affects you as a black person will bring about persecution.