Blackbird Web Browser: Because Firefox is Too Navajo for Black Web Surfers

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Wait, why do I need a special web browser? I mean, I get there's been a long standing digital divide between black America and the technological world (controlled by The Man). But do I really need a repackaged piece of software whose name evokes the Jim Crow era?

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Last time I checked, I don't physically browse the internet any different than anyone else—evidenced by the fact that Blackbird UI looks exactly like Firefox (both are based around Mozilla), except, you know, with a black color scheme. And great, it comes preloaded with a bunch of bookmarks that might be of interest to the black community. But I'm pretty sure the same thing can be accomplished with an effectively marketed website (black people DO know how to use Google, after all. Shocker!).

Maybe 40A, Inc. meant well with Blackbird, but it comes off as a lazy marketing ploy that plays on the emotions of people who are (admittedly) still marginalized when it comes to the online world. And playing along with the notion that blacks and whites (or anyone, for that matter) can't enjoy any of the same things, is the same retarded line of antiquated, ethno-centric thinking that the internet is supposed to destroy. Blah. [Blackbird]

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one2manycords
Creole Trash Panda

Its ridiculous shit like this that pisses me off and makes me ashamed to be black sometimes. Stop pimping our community with this silly shit and help educate us to narrow the digital divide. We don't need a "special" browser to feel more connected to the web than any other race of people. This is why we cant be taken seriously as a COMPLETE race. I am offended at this. As a Black man in this country I don't need a browser to help my kids find culturally relevant material... its the damn WORLD WIDE WEB... not the Black Web, or White Web or Yellow Web. I want to take this and slap Al Sharp-toon (seriously dude you have a perm and want to be taken seriously) and Jessie Jack-Ass. We have enough issues as is in our community and to fathom that we need "help" in our web-experience is totally insulting and degrading. I am so tired of people marketing to the ignorance and fears of people and we as a people are too fucking stupid to realize and pimp when we see one. I hope that my daughter never ever have to deal with this foolishness when they get older, and I take it as my JOB and RESPONSIBILTY to educate my children beyond cultural bias and ignorance.....

Sorry for the rant, but its shit like this that burns me up. I need to tell my wife (who is Hispanic) that the need the BlackBean browser for the Hispanic community.

and P.S.

FUCK YOU QUANELL X, and Sheila jackson Lee(Houstonians know what I am talking about), you do more harm than good you media pimps and harborers of the Victim mentality.