The Source: This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: #BlackTwitter Reacts to Lupita Nyong’o

Dr. Jason Johnson

On Sunday March 2nd, an organization of mostly older white wealthy men gave out awards to people for acting in films that the vast majority of Americans did not see. One of the awards given out went to a Black/Mexican/Kenyan actress who played a slave woman in a screenplay of an original slave narrative told in the 19th century. The next day millions of Americans would still wake up, go to work, eat breakfast send their kids off to school and live their lives like the previous night didn’t happen. But if you spent your time on Twitter, you’d think the entire world changed because Lupita Nyong’o won an Oscar for her portrayal of Patsey in “12 Years a Slave”. Many African Americans and “Black Twitter” jumped onto Lupita’s successful night creating real praise and fake controversy as everyone tried to input some greater meaning on the night than what really…

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