TikTok Etiquette: Non-Whites Should Seek Permission to Invite Their Token White Friends to Social Gatherings

Every party person is likely looking forward to a social-etiquette update. Before inviting guests to an event, you should seriously consider one online guideline.

A short video from a youthful girl posted via Twitter's Libs of TikTok account has a message for today's America. If you're not white, you don't have the right to invite everyone you choose to a gathering, at least if they’re white.

The issue stems from the possibility that your potential guest might be Caucasian. In this case, click Pause: “[I]f you have a token white and you’re hanging out with your friend group of color, you need to ask permission from everybody in the group to bring your white friend. Like, don’t just bring them. Ask for explicit permission from everyone. Because just because you’re comfortable with them doesn’t mean that everybody’s comfortable with them.”

TikTok provides a glimpse into the thought process of America's younger generation, as the messages of concern regarding others are widespread. Every generation comes with its own unique sensibilities. The institutions we have created have planted seeds that are different from the unifying thoughts of years past.

A few examples in this regard: “For Lent, a Chicago Church is ‘Fasting From Whiteness’,” “College Op-Ed Asks if White People Should Be Kicked out of Parties,” “Tennessee University Hails the Absence of White People as ‘Magical’,” “Mental Health Journal’s Article on ‘Parasitic Whiteness’ Laments There’s ‘Not Yet a Permanent Cure’,” “‘Exhausted’ and Trauma-Torn TikTok Teacher Tells White People to Stop Making the World Unsafe,” “Yale Medical School Welcomes Psychiatrist Who Dreams of ‘Unloading a Revolver Into the Head of Any White Person’.”

After being “exhausted,” the TikToker clearly relates, “I might not be in the mood to deal with white shenanigans that day. That’s all I’m saying.”

She then adds: “Another thing”—that is, white people must be kept from getting more uppity: “[Freely inviting them to events] feeds into their ego. Like, don’t let them think they’re a good white person. Don’t give them that card to use against other people. Please don’t do that.”

TikTok confirms where we are at. But where do we go from here? This has yet to be decided. If racial harmony is on the horizon, there are plenty of miles to cover.

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