#GrowingUpBlack and other hashtags explore race

Social media is nailing race and culture in the United States with hashtags like #WhiteGirlsDoItBetter.

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  • Some #GrowingUpBlack tweets are funny, others emotional
  • Hashtags like #WhiteGirlsDoItBetter include biting commentary

(CNN)Racial commentary in 140 characters or less isn't always easy, but social media is pulling it off.

Hashtags like #WhiteGirlsDoItBetter and the latest that's trending, #GrowingUpBlack, often poke fun at, skewer and sometimes downright nail race and culture in the United States. Add in a dash of memes and it can be hilarious.
These aren't the serious, "Let's talk about it and come up with solutions" hashtags like #BlackLivesMatter. These are the ones more likely to elicit guffaws than essays.
    Here are just a few examples:

    #GrowingUpBlack

    This one sparked some nostalgia as folks shared parts of the black experience which included having to dress like your sibling even if you weren't twins and hearing "Go wash up; You smell like outside."

    #WhiteGirlsDoItBetter

    This hashtag emerged shortly after Serena Williams defeated Maria Sharapova in the semi-finals of Wimbledon. It apparently gathered steam as a response to the sense that Williams doesn't get her due as a champion because she's black.

    #BlackCelebsBeLike

    African-American stars got raked over the coals a few months ago with the #BlackCelebsBeLike hashtag. Names weren't named, but it was usually easy enough to figure out who people were talking about.