One random tweet has spawned thousands of memes about December 21st.
Over the last couple of weeks, many Black Twitter users have joked about Black people receiving some sort of superpowers on December 21st. The tweet has made its way to TikTok and Instagram, leading to widespread confusion from users on all platforms. How did this running joke get started?
Like most jokes in 2020, the commotion surrounds a thread about the COVID-19 vaccine. On December 5, Twitter user @lottidot replied, accusing the government was using the vaccine to change our genetic code.
As black people, genetically we are stronger and smarter than everyone else, we are more creative, on December 21 our Real DNA will be unlocked and majority will be able to do things that we thought were fiction. Learn who u are as a people 👩🏽🦯 they wanna make us average
— ßß (@lottidot) December 5, 2020
The tweet was an instant classic, and with not much else to look forward to, the jokes came in droves.
Everyone watching each other’s powers kick in pic.twitter.com/O8mTB1zr5L
— jae (@JaeFiasco) December 21, 2020
If Dr Umar wakes up in 5 days with powers, white people are facing an extinction-level threat
— TJ 🇱🇨🇯🇲 (@Quantum_King_) December 16, 2020
“This disease was created in China,” she wrote, “and was only supposed to attack us, then a guy altered it to make it attack everyone. It’s worldwide, but the [government] ain’t handling it as they should [because] their ultimate motive is a vaccine to alter our genetic code.”
Me at negro justice league interest meeting pic.twitter.com/F2nH9wdU5o
— Steve Orisakwe (@SteveOrisakwe) December 21, 2020
Aye what time is the negro soulstice cookout? pic.twitter.com/KoY5ShxqMo
— Jami | International Negro Soulstice League🌐 (@jamifrancee) December 21, 2020
When asked what the government would gain from doing such a thing, @lottidot revealed the larger plan at hand, effectively saving 2020 for part of the world’s population.
— Mykael (@deucekay_) December 21, 2020
Christopher Columbus choking on the Hot Cheetos I gave him pic.twitter.com/2h2DGoxzp6
— Avatar Joku👊🏾 (@jaytheclown647) December 21, 2020
“As Black people, genetically we are stronger and smarter than everyone else,” she tweeted. “We are more creative. On December 21, our real DNA will be unlocked and majority will be able to do things that we thought were fiction. Learn who [you] are as a people. They wanna make us average.”
As the clock struck midnight on the 21st, the jokes began to flood in. Phrases like “December 21,” “Negro Solstice,” “Soulstice,” and “Black Twitter” began trending on Twitter.
Me time traveling to give Harriet & the Slaves some Dracos pic.twitter.com/MLm98qJDSA
— Juice OUT NOW 🍑 (@Drebae_) December 21, 2020
fox news tomorrow pic.twitter.com/WLc32vAiRO
— Desus Nice (@desusnice) December 21, 2020
— tarell (@octarell) December 21, 2020
For followers of astrology, December 21 is actually a significant date. The Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Aquarius has been named “the great mutation,” signifying a new 200-year epochal shift. Whether or not this translates to Black people unlocking some sort of superpowers remains to be seen. In the meantime, we’re just enjoying the jokes.