As one would expect many people watched the tribute [to Michael Jackson, on the BET awards show] and were tweeting their experiences…. [W]ith the number of people watching and tweeting, it quickly became a trending topic.
Twitter became a bridge for people to come together to share their impressions on the ever controversial BET. This interactive format gave many people of color an outlet for our frustrations, rather than the usual snarky commentary from a couch that goes nowhere. Twitter provided a platform for the voices of people of color.
But not everyone was pleased with the prevalence of these topics of twittering. Some of the comments were along these lines, for instance:
Did anyone see the new trending topics? I dont think this is a very good neighborhood. Lock the car doors kids.
It has been said that on the Internet no one need know you are a dog.
But apparently racism still comes through loudly and clearly.