Chyna and Maia: Is there a double standard for shaming and exploiting Black women on social media?

Jasmyne Cannick | OW Contributor | 7/13/2017, midnight
In the span of one week, two Black women were viciously demoralized and exploited on social media. One person got ...

Then there’s Maia Campbell. The former co-star of “In The House” which also starred rapper LL Cool J was the focus of conversation after a video was posted online showing her dressed in nothing but a bra and panites, seemingly strung out but definitely missing a tooth and apparently wanting crack.

The video wasn’t posted as a way to find help for Maia. It was posted to exploit her while at the same time obtaining some social media “hood glory” and to seemingly shame her for the state that she’s currently in.

The man who posted the video is an Atlanta-based rapper who calls himself “T Hood” and “One Dread.”

When the internet clapped back, T Hood took to Instagram to say that he didn’t care and wasn’t sorry for sharing the video.

So, T Hood, a saint he is not. Like your garden variety pimp or drug dealer, T Hood is just another brotha in a long line of brothas who come from a generation of folks who are increasingly morally bankrupt and have no problem exploiting others to come up—even if that come up amounts to nothing but hood glory, likes, shares, and retweets which increasingly seem to hold the same power as money itself for some.

T Hood aside, what about all of the people who shared the video not because they were infuriated or upset about Maia’s situation but to continue to exploit her state for social media glory?

Why doesn’t society get offended and react the same way to shaming people on social media for their mental health issues and addictions in the same way that it does fat shaming and body shaming, etc.?

Black America can keep all of their Black women empowerment social media hashtags celebrating everything from our bodies to our hair and shades of blackness, if all they really amount to is internet pseudo pride. You don’t have to like Blac Chyna or even sympathize with Maia’s current situation to understand that what was done to them on social media was wrong. Having pride in ourselves as Black women should extend beyond our latest selfie and that hashtag and include standing up for other Black women who are being wrongly exploited and turned into social media fodder. If we don’t stand up for ourselves, we can’t expect or demand anyone else to.

Jasmyne A. Cannick is nationally known television and radio commentator on political, racial, and social issues. Follow her on Twitter @Jasmyne and on Facebook @JasmyneCannick. Her website is www.jasmyneonline.com.