Is Pinterest Racist? | The Urban Twist
Connect with us

Opinion

Is Pinterest Racist?

Pinterest is hands down one of the best places to find inspiration. This is why it’s so frustrating when you don’t see your own people represented in the search results. Having to type “black” before typing beauty and families has been the only way to see diversity on Pinterest. This is funny because they represent women with an ethnic quality, but don’t want to represent the source.

Published

on

Pinterest is pretty much the top search engine to check for quality pictures these days. As a writer, I use Pinterest almost everyday for pictures, and inspiration, but I’ve found myself becoming quite frustrated more frequently with their search results.


The main issue with Pinterest is that as a black woman yes, I do expect to see some diversity in my searches, and NO, I don’t want to type “black” first before typing beauty and families. Sadly, I had to just last week. Living in 2017 it just seems mind blowing that everyone wants to suck your heritage and culture dry, but at the same time, they don’t want our faces to represent their inspiration.

This realization came to mind when I was purposefully looking for some brown faces to use in an article.  After scrolling for about a good minute, or so, faces of color were still unseen, and if you scroll like I scroll you can see about 50-100 pictures a minute. My results were unacceptable.

When searching for families I expect to see at least one beautiful picture of a black family. I saw none. Every single family was of European decent. I decided to type the word “black” just to prove my theory that Pinterest may, in fact, be racist. Well, all sorts of beautiful pictures came up then. I was annoyed, but I typed in “black” before beauty and received the same results. Honestly, I don’t believe I would have ever seen even a quarter of these beautiful black women if I had just simply typed “beauty”.

My thoughts took me to Twitter, because companies have been excellent at interacting with people on Twitter. Nope. There was no response to my tweets to Pinterest. I even told them I was disappointed in the lack of diversity in their search results. Still nothing. Why was that? Do they not care?

Google’s not known best for diversity, but if you typed “families” in a google search, your results wouldn’t anger you. There would be no need to type in “black” first, so Pinterest, we have a problem.

Whitney Marquise Acoff (WIT-nee MAR-kee AK-oaf) is a professional journalist and political blogger. Getting her start in fashion writing she’s been a friend of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week for many years. Whitney has also interviewed celebrities such as Wendy Williams and managed celebrity social media accounts for Mike Epps, DL Hughley, Ricky Smiley, and more. Today Whitney is the Editor in Chief of her own publication The Inside Report. She also still contributes to many publications while growing her brand.

Recent Posts

Features

Trending