Where does gibsmedat come from?
Gibsmedat stereotypes a poor black pronunciation of give me that. It comes from a racist view that black people seek out handouts (à la “welfare queen”), as if they are demanding the government to “give [them] that” money. Gibsmedat can also disparage black people as feeling entitled to reparations for slavery.
The term emerges online as early as March 9, 2011, when two people tweeted the term, one specifically citing it as a “black people word.”
Great black people word… "gibsmedat"
— Adam (@GreccoAdam) March 9, 2011
— Mike Johnson (@MRJTRKNG) March 9, 2011
Gibsmedat soon gained some traction on Twitter, also characterizing millennials as entitled, and the IRS as greedily demanding taxpayer money.
After reading the child-like demands, I think "entitlement generation" should just be changed to "gibsmedat generation." #OccupyWallStreet
— Leroy (@PixyJunket) October 5, 2011
— Jarrod Ellis (@iJarrio) May 6, 2011
Gibsmedat spread in 2012 on explicitly racist internet websites like Chimpania to disparage both welfare users and black people generally. That year, a racist definition for the term was entered on Urban Dictionary. By 2015, gibsmedat was common on the controversial 4chan forum Politically Incorrect (/pol/), frequented by white nationalists. The term continues to be used on social media among white nationalists and racists.
Gibs is stuff people want for free. As in "give me that." Also known as "gibsmedat" or the "gibsmedat industrial complex."
— David Duke (@DrDavidDuke) June 29, 2017
Examples of gibsmedat
Who uses gibsmedat?
Occasionally, gibsmedat sees some innocent use—as far as we can tell—as a playful and colloquial form of give me that.
Gibsmedat 100 followers — I’m finna halfway there!
— Randbot2020 (@randbot2020) February 3, 2019
However, gibsmedat is much more commonly used by racists who wrongly think that black people, Latin American immigrants, and poor people more generally are lazy, welfare freeloaders. As such, gibsmedat can refer to social welfare programs (e.g., gibsmedats) and their users.
It's more rewarding. You never see any gratitude from the 'minorities' that you have to subsidise. Just more requests for 'gibsmedat'.
— Sam Sheridan (@SamSheridan16) February 4, 2019
Any 'talks' in South Africa has one single memo on the agenda: gibsmedat whitey
— Steve Hofmeyr (@steve_hofmeyr) September 6, 2018
Take your anger up with the DNC. They're the ones that stole the nom your gibsmedat candidate.
Stop destroying our country.
— Marie François 🐸 (@DeplorableMarie) November 12, 2016
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