Open Letter to Twitter

Dear Twitter,

It’s wonderful that you wanted to raise awareness about World Aids Day yesterday. Really, it is. But um, are you sure turning the text of all posts mentioning the word “Africa” red was the best way to do it?

It’s just that it made some of us think you might be suggesting that Africa = AIDS. And we all know that Africa is so much more than just the HIV/AIDS epidemic: There’s also rape and lions!

Just saying…


Kate Cronin-Furman


  1. Really? Good lord. That is the most racist thing I've seen all day, and I just watched the trailer for The Blind Side.

  2. Yeah, now that I think about it lions and safaris have nothing to do with AIDS. Twitter should have only highlighted updates with the word "Africans" in it. Maybe next year.

    On earth day, I'm guessing that any update with the word "Democrat" in it will turn green.

  3. @ Melinda: "The Blind Side" trailer is UNBEARABLE. Sandra Bullock getting Oscar buzz??? I can't even describe how mad that movie makes me, and I haven't even seen it, nor will I ever.

  4. …and be careful, too, because we don't want to offend or piss of HIV/AIDS. I mean, HIV/AIDS is also in ASIA and EUROPE and NORTH AMERICA…

  5. Additionally, in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa, writing anything in red ink is a no-no. To see your name written in red ink can cause great concern as to the bad fortune awaiting you.

    I'm not sure what feeling is generated when the name of your whole continent is so rendered, but I suspect it's not one of gratitude towards the tweetery. It's all good, though, Twitter's supposed to…wait, what is Twitter supposed to do?

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