Over the past week, racial tensions in the U.S. have been flaring since protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned violent as white supremacists hit the streets. In light of the disheartening events that have unfolded, many people, including celebrities, have taken to social media seeking a resolution. Lady Gaga is the latest entertainer to use her platform to address the country's current climate.
On Tuesday (Aug. 15), the singer sought advice on Twitter from the Black community as to how "non-racist" white folks can ease the growing racial tensions. Lady Gaga assumingly posed the question with good intention in an effort to educate herself as well as others, but some Twitter users weren't so open to offering words of wisdom.
For the Black Community, tell us ways the non-racist white community who loves u can do better to help influence the country? #HowWeDoBetter— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) August 15, 2017
Some commenters felt the answer to Gaga's question was rather obvious and a slight on her part.
Acknowledge all white ppl have inherited (&benefit from) white supremacy. Then, stop asking Black people to educate you. Do your own work.— Rachel McKibbens (@RachelMcKibbens) August 15, 2017
Cmon now. We haven't done enough work to make this country better already? We gotta tell u how to fix the problem y'all created too? 🙄 https://t.co/ieLmgHJpBM— Amanda Seales 🇬🇩 (@amandaseales) August 16, 2017
We are ALL beneficiaries of White Supremacy, as white people. The question is: how are we mitigating it's effects?— WhiteNonsenseRoundup (@nowhitenonsense) August 15, 2017
While others were more than willing to share advice on how to make a positive change:
The most important thing is to listen to what the people you're speaking for are saying instead of making it "your own" issue #HowWeDoBetter— alma • lady gaga (@almaricano) August 15, 2017
Start conversations, hold socials to hash out the issues in a peaceful manner in order to become closer together. That's #HowWeDoBetter.— Keith Adams Jr. (@BigBrother1988) August 15, 2017
Was Lady Gaga's question misguided or an important step in eradicating racial tension? Tell us what you think below.
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