Welcome back to Byte Me, our feminist newsletter that makes anybody mad <3

We’re absence our own claimed updates this week, and are instead bond to some assets on acquirements about racism, analytical oppression, and allyship:

  • This Black Lives Matter database of ways to brainwash yourself and help the cause
  • The New York Times’ anti-racist account list and list of books that can help you explain racism and beef to your kids
  • Patia’s Fantasy World’s exhaustive database of anti-racist resources, including advice on legal funds, racism in the workplace, bail funds, and more
  • Los Angeles Times’ story on how white people can be a good ally during protests
  • Highsnobiety’s guide on how to abutment the Black Lives Matter movement from Europe
  • The Independent’s guide on how to abutment anti-racist organizations in the UK if you can’t donate
  • Product Hunt’s Cheep thread on black-founded products, services, and projects
  • Vulture’s list of documentaries you should watch about racism and police atrocity in America
  • Jstor’s free syllabus on institutionalized racism
  • Ta Nehisi-Coates’ seminal text for The Atlantic, “The Case for Reparations”
  • VentureBeat’s list of capital account and analysis on race and tech
  • Alijah Webb’s Google Drive of black advocate texts
  • The Black Curriculum’s #TBH365 campaign to absorb black lived adventures into UK school curriculums
  • SZA’s Cheep thread on acknowledging black-owned local businesses that have been afflicted by the protests

If you’re abutting protests, we’ve made several guides on keeping your claimed data safe while on the ground, how to bound disable your iPhone’s metrics if you’re arrested, how to turn off your area services on iOS and Android, and how to blur faces and strip metadata from photos.

This list is not a complete one, but has assets we’ve alone found helpful. Please let us know if you have a ability you think we and others need to see!

We’re also absence the misogynistic tweets for now — here’s this month’s analogy from our advantageously gifted designer, Saïna:


the bloody news

that’s what they said

This month, we’re going to defer to four New York Times staffers — Jasmine Howard, Tariro Mzezewa, Lindsey Underwood, and Caity Weaver — who discussed Instagram’s #BlackoutTuesday.

Lindsey: I don’t post on Instagram often, but today I felt a pull to post. My feed was abounding with black squares, but I just couldn’t pull the trigger. I felt conflicted about seeing so many of my white accompany — who may have great intentions — announcement the blackout. I just brainstorm some level of achievement they may feel that they “spoke out,” but I’m not sure what it really accomplishes.

Tariro: We’ve all seen performative and insincere allyship in the days since George Floyd died in police custody, and some of us may come at article like this with some degree of skepticism.

Jasmine: I’ve seen a few posts where I’m like, “I would’ve rather you’d done nothing.”

Caity: My antecedent acknowledgment was: This feels sort of empty. A couple of my black accompany posted the squares, but the vast majority of people who did it on my feeds were white. Non-black people of color seemed to be split.

Tariro: Also, guys, BRANDS! Brands love the square!

Caity: I love captivation brands answerable financially. I’m glad record companies are making donations today. But also: I don’t look to brands for inspiration, news, or guidance.

For more discussions you should listen to this week, here are some absurd podcasts:

  • 1619 — Created by Pulitzer-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, this podcast is part of a broader beat project from The New York Times, which aims to “reframe the country’s history by agreement the after-effects of bullwork and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our civic narrative.” The podcast is excellent.
  • The Read — Hosted by Kid Fury and Crissle, two black, queer media personalities that put out this hilarious, politically-charged, and clear altercation of aggregate from police atrocity to hip-hop culture and claimed advice once a week. Started in 2013, this podcast is one of the aboriginal greats — and Gigi’s all time favorite. Check out the latest adventure here.
  • Still Processing — Another NYT podcast! Still Processing is hosted by Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris, two NYT ability writers. Each week they pick apart a piece of ability in a highly bookish way. We abnormally loved this episode where they compared Jordan Peele’s  to Toni Morrison’s .
  • Bobo and Flex — This cross-continental podcast is hosted by two friends “on a quest to decolonize our minds, bisect our feminism, but most importantly, give us all the tools all-important to stay away ambiguous boys!” You can listen to their latest adventure here.
  • Code Switch  This adventure of NPR’s Code Switch podcast is a thought-provoking interview with Alex S. Vitale (who wrote the 2017 book ) about why we don’t need law administration as much as we think.

the best advice

This months’ advice comes from Dr. Jacqueline Copeland-Carson, the COO, and Brenda Darden Wilkerson, President and CEO of AnitaB.org, an alignment that connects, inspires, and strives for greater adequation for women technologists in business, academia, and government.


Brenda D Wilkerson — 

J. Copeland-Carson 

tweets of the month

word of the month: virtuencer

Next up:


The world is burning. We’re seeing atrocities that would frequently boss news cycles for days, now follow each other within minutes. Centuries of pain and adversity have bubbled up to the apparent and caused a tsunami of protest.

And what are white influencers doing? Announcement pictures to Insta to boost their social klout. Virtue signaling while influencing. This month, we present to you: the Virtuencer.

The virtuencer is (most often) a white person, frequently female, who sees BLM as one big photo op. While others are afraid about tear gas, she’s anxious with lighting. And while others are aimlessly abashing their faces from adumbration to assure their identities from law enforcement, she’s inserting her contoured face into as many pictures as possible.

Let’s start with some case studies that afresh popped up on Twitter. There were influencers pretending to be part of the action:

There were carefully selected agitation outfits:

Virtuencers on the other end of the spectrum focused on looted stores:

And in some cases even pretended to help clean them:

Writer and administrator Otegha Uwagba responded to a this abnormality in a tweet: 

“This is why black people are attractive alongside at all of this performative social media BS. Brainstorm a white influencer uploaded this to her Instagram, but is agilely blank my catechism about her own past behaviour, whilst responding to other, less afflictive comments.”

How not to be a virtuencer?

It’s absolutely really easy. If you’re white, how about just not taking selfies while protesting, unless it’s to certificate proof of some kind of injury? Being anti-racist isn’t some kind of achievement you congratulate yourself with. This isn’t about you. The anarchy will be televised, but it doesn’t need a Valencia filter.

Here are some examples:

  • “All done!” Virtuencer Angela animated after painting George Floyd’s face onto each of her acrylic nails, and snapping a photo for the ‘gram.
  • “Excuse me, can I borrow this?” Virtuencer Jane says, as she snatches a #BLM sign from a protestor and pouts for the camera.
  • “It’s, like, really bad down there,” Virtuencer Stephanie whines to her IG live followers from the balustrade of her accommodation apartment.

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