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Your evening longread: How racism became a TikTok trend

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May 22nd 2020, 8:00 PM 16,012 14

EVERY WEEK, WE bring you a round-up of the best longreads of the past seven days in Sitdown Sunday.

For the next few weeks, we’ll be bringing you an evening longread to enjoy. With the news cycle dominated by the coronavirus situation, we know it can be hard to take your mind off what’s happening.

So we want to bring you an interesting read every weekday evening to help transport you somewhere else.

We’ll be keeping an eye on new longreads and digging back into the archives for some classics.

Racism on TikTok


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TikTok users speak out about the racism they have experienced on TikTok.

(Gal-Dem, approx 10 mins reading time)

“I feel like especially since there’s been this lockdown there’s been a lot more racism,” says Gift, a 16-year-old school student based in the UK and TikTok user. “Because people aren’t going to school at this point they feel like they have the confidence to post things without repercussions… It’s a really horrible thing to say, but it’s been normalised on TikTok. People get clout from posting these things – they’re praised for it. Even black creators on TikTok as well – they make videos like that to get validation from their peers because it seems funny. They’ll make videos of racial stereotypes about black people or other people of colour.”

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