Black Memes Matter: #LivingWhileBlack With Becky and Karen

@article{Williams2020BlackMM,
  title={Black Memes Matter: \#LivingWhileBlack With Becky and Karen},
  author={Apryl Williams},
  journal={Social Media + Society},
  year={2020},
  volume={6}
}
“BBQ Becky” and “Karen” memes reference real-world incidents in which Black individuals were harassed by White women in public spaces. In what I term the BBQ Becky meme genre, Black meme creators use humor, satire, and strategic positioning to perform a set of interrelated social commentaries on the behavior of White women. By conducting a visual Critical Technocultural Discourse Analysis (CTDA) of BBQ Becky memes, I argue that Becky and Karen memes are a cultural critique of White surveillance… Expand

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