The Brief: On June 18, 2020, the hashtag #WhiteStrike started trending on Twitter with the majority of related posts making fun of those using the hashtag in earnest.
While the hashtag #WhiteStrike is being used by some people to suggest that white people should strike in retaliation for how they’re being treated in America, the majority of tweets that use the hashtag make fun of people who are using it seriously. #WhiteStrike, which started trending on Twitter in the United States on June 18, 2020, doesn’t appear to have a clear plan of action behind it. Rather, it is a way for white supremacists and other white people who believe they are oppressed to counter the rising support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Tweets dragging those who are using #WhiteStrike in earnest are largely burying tweets that support the hashtag. Some people have pointed out that the hashtag is an easy way to identify racists, as someone who is using the hashtag earnestly is likely a white supremacist. KPOP stans have started spamming the hashtag with unrelated content, similar to how they infiltrated the #WhiteOutWednesday hashtag earlier in the month.
The #WhiteStrike hashtag is mostly full of people talking shit about the hashtag but the earnest Tweets are real gross and a great place to find racists to report on Twitter.
— Nate Igor Smith (@drivenbyboredom) June 18, 2020
Did I do that right?
— Akemi Look (@AkemiLook) June 18, 2020
— Dr. Raoul Duke (@RaoulDuke730) June 18, 2020
— Malik Mohammed (@MalikMo17848157) June 18, 2020
scrolling through the #whitestrike tweets and reporting racists lmao never been so easy to find documented hate
— sane photon (@PhotonInsane) June 18, 2020
This Twitter user made fun of so-called “white strikers” for being a bunch of Karens:
#WhiteStrike you say?
RELEASE THE KARENS!!! pic.twitter.com/dcuh8u3Gtp
— James Kosur (@JamesKosur) June 18, 2020
— Your Annoying Little Token (@ShounenChild) June 18, 2020
Woke up to this bullshit trending.
Much like the president is in charge of the entire nation, not just folks he likes, police don't get to pick and choose who is part of community they swore to serve and protect. Sounds like they failed their oath0#WhiteStrike pic.twitter.com/Px846Wk3HK
— Florida Man in Virginia (@lawrencebagwell) June 18, 2020
Although they are the minority, white people supporting the idea of a “White Strike” on Twitter are using the hashtag to express how they feel discriminated against.
I get the idea of a #WhiteStrike. When you are called a villain due to the color of your skin daily, you get frustrated. But I think it is more helpful to simply ignore skin color. We all should. It is 2020. Skin color does not make you anything.
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) June 18, 2020
Time for white people to start taking back this country. #WhiteStrike
— Davey (@BossContrarian) June 18, 2020
— Terraforming_Dispatch (@TerraformingDi1) June 18, 2020