A new slur on social media targets Black men using the words “bullet bag” — an offensive term that mocks police brutality and attempts to diminish its impact, according to Urban Dictionary. The example sentence given is, “Yea bro don’t worry it was a bulletbag anyway”.
A recent discussion on Twitter showed how offensive the term is. “Calling a Black man a bulletbag because of disproportionate exposure to police violence is like making a slur for Black women’s disproportionate mortality risk during pregnancy— largely due to structural/interpersonal medical racism. No Black person should ever speak like that,” tweeted Don’t Argue With Me If You Dont Have Any Citations @RezistansM.
Police violence is a leading cause of death for young men in the U.S., with Black men being disproportionately affected, according to several studies. Black men face a higher lifetime risk of being killed by police than their white peers.
About one in every 1,000 black men can expect to be killed by police, according to a research article, “Risk of being killed by police use of force in the United States by age, race–ethnicity, and sex.” The research by Frank Edwards, Hedwig Lee, and Michael Esposito was published by the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America in 2019.
“Bullet bag” has several meanings, mostly derogatory. It is also used to describe someone who is irresponsible. An Urban Dictionary definition describes a bullet bag as “A black male. Usually void of taking accountability of their actions and believes he should be catered to solely for being a Black male.”
This type of Black man tends to classify himself “as a king or a hebrew Israelite and feels as if he’s more superior to white men…” and “blames white supremacy or black women for everything wrong in his life,” according to the definition.
“Who is going around saying that?” #maskup&vaxup @Isoke85 tweeted.
Seems many people who might consider themselves liberals including Twitter accounts flying the she/her rainbow flag, appear to use the term.
Get her, Jade! @keatingssixth tweeted, “After thousands & thousands of comments from nigcels objectifying & villainizing me I’ve come to the conclusion that I no longer have the capacity to have empathy for cis straight black men. Good luck on your endeavors as bullet bags”.
Dr. Blige@Humanly301 didn’t feel Black women should have been brought into the argument, tweeting, “I feel like you could’ve made your point without comparing this to Black woman issues. Especially considering this isn’t a valid comparison, to me.”
Another Twitter user took issue with Black women calling Black men “bullet bag.”
“I had to distance myself from certain ‘divest’ women who started using white supremacist language like “N*kers” and mocking the harm and death of Black men. there is truly something wrong with them,” indiecratublican tweeted.
Professor Thomas Curry, personal chair in Africana philosophy and Black male studies at the University of Edinburgh, called out Twitter for not censoring people who use the derogatory term “bullet bags” for Black men while censoring other terms. He tweeted, “Yet you allow tweets calling BM bullet bags, trash, and saying they aren’t being killed fast enough to go viral.”
Several people have taken the name “Bullet Bag” or “Bulletbag” on social media. It can also refer to anyone who has been in the military or to people who do “stupid things,” according to Urban Dictionary.
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