Conservatives turned 'DEI' into another dog whistle. Black Twitter isn’t having it.

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This article is strictly for my DEIs.

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It's difficult being a DEI successful a clip for illustration this, ain't it?

In nan aftermath of nan illness of nan Francis Scott Key Bridge successful Baltimore, Maryland connected Tuesday, many connected nan right person blamed nan calamity connected DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) initiatives.

Thus, "DEI" seems to beryllium turning into a caller alt-right buzzword successful nan aforesaid vein arsenic "CRT" and "Woke" — canine whistles meant to rally like-minded readers against efforts astatine group equity. See, for example, this X personification calling Baltimore's elected mayor, Brandon Scott, nan "DEI mayor."

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This station successful peculiar kicked disconnected a activity of backlash amongst Black Twitter, who instantly saw nan tweet arsenic thinly cloaked racism, fundamentally calling Baltimore's politician nan n-word. Of course, Black Twitter loves a bully joke, and because "DEI" was truthful oddly utilized arsenic a not-so-subtle adjective, they ran pinch it.

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This station from personification Alecia Renece explains, that calling Mayor Scott nan "DEI Mayor" was meant to harm Black folk, who alternatively turned it into a joke, frankincense de-weaponizing thing that was meant to wounded us.

Will it extremity alt-right agitators from coming up pinch a caller canine whistle? No, but astatine slightest Black Twitter will ever beryllium prepared to push backmost against bullshit.

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