How to discuss black people with friends, family and strangers.
The new hashtag, #myblackashamed, was coined by a white American man in New York City in March, which is how the hashtag was first spotted on Twitter.
“I’m not going to use #mybodysblackashaming hashtag because I don’t want to be racist,” the New York resident tweeted.
“It is not a racial slur and I don/t want to use it.
But it is a way to have conversations about blackness.”
The hashtag, which means “Black as a crime”, quickly gained traction among black people.
Twitter user @honeymoonblack said: “This hashtag is great.
It’s a good way to get the conversation going about what is happening in the black community and why some of the issues black people face are often ignored or are treated as taboo.”
It quickly gained steam among black men.
@davidsbaldwin says: “It’s a way for people to get into a conversation about racism and what’s happening in this country.”
One Twitter user, @BJD_Lane, tweeted: “What is this hashtag anyway?
While #mybodyblackass was the first to be used in the United States, it has been used by many countries including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, India, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates.
Blackface in the UK is often used as a way of making people uncomfortable or even angry.
Twitter user @blackbritainsword says: “@BJLane This is an interesting hashtag.
Do you use it all the time?”
Some of the tweets, like @daviddick, have also been used to spread racist memes and to ridicule celebrities.
#mybodybrudalist, @hannahcarter, has used it to describe a black woman as a “british bitch”.
The term, #blackasap, has been also used to describe black people being lazy and unproductive, while others have called it a “white supremacist joke”.
Twitter users also have been using the hashtag to share stories about black women and their experiences of sexual abuse.