You might know Tariq Nasheed under his rapping alias K-Flex, who produced the song Wash Yo Ass, a colorful masterpiece that captures African American culture and musical prowess.
On December 29, 2017, Nasheed posted a tweet featuring a video showcasing a mask and gloves set that have been designed to resemble the features and skin tone of a black man.
There are several companies that make realistic looking "Black men" masks, and white supremacists are using these masks to commit crimes, like bank robberies,etc. I wonder what other crimes they could be committing using these masks? pic.twitter.com/bMrTBXTE4e
— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) December 29, 2017
With the above tweet, it would appear that Nasheed is inferring that many “white supremacists” commit crime beneath these realistic “black men” masks. There is no empirical evidence that suggests that this is a regular occurrence, nor is there any reason to believe that the disproportional rate of black-on-black violence is due to white men pretending to be black men while committing crime.
Unfortunately, Nasheed’s followers did not appear to understand that his post was entirely unbacked by reliable material, and hurriedly ran to support Nasheed’s unsourced statement. Such a phenomenon is common with Black Twitter , which will jump on any speculative, conspiratorial, or downright absurd claims unbacked by any reliable sources regarding black oppression or superiority.
Angel just imagine how many kings are in jail, beaten up or even been killed by cops because of this. I saw this and thought that it was one of my ghetto kin.
— 💫Black By Nature.💫🇸🇸 (@CBdontquit) December 29, 2017
Nonetheless, it’s clear that the mask featured in the video above does not perfectly imitate the appearance of a black man. Like most costumes, it is clear that whoever is wearing one of these black masks is, in fact, wearing a mask.
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