This So-Called Post-Post-Racial Life

June 30, 2009

This New Racism Ain’t for Everybody

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — pprscribe @ 1:16 pm

As I alluded to here, I do not Twitter. But I am thinking of adopting this social networking technology after this ish a few nights ago:

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.

Well.

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.

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2 Comments »

  1. When Twitter goes bad…..Such a sad state of affairs. This new post racial world we live in looks awfully familiar to the one we just left.

    Comment by Citizen Ojo — July 3, 2009 @ 5:33 pm

  2. Things certainly are familiar, aren’t they, Citizen Ojo? The funny thing is that new technology just gives us a peek into what goes on behind closed doors. For every instance of “mistaken” emails coming to light, or anonymous racist rants, there are probably 25 incidents that didn’t get caught in the blogosphere or someone’s cell phone camera.

    Comment by pprscribe — July 4, 2009 @ 7:18 pm


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