Student demonstrations at the University of Missouri sent a shockwave on social media, sparking other college students all over the country to follow suit. Over the past couple of days, students have taken to social media to share pictures and tweets showing their support for the students in Missouri.
On Wednesday, a hashtag created by black college students giving them an opportunity to share their stories of racial prejudice or bias and shed light on microagressions at their universities.
The hashtag started a conversation, which brought issues like discrimination, underrepresentation, and racism to the forefront.
According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, the number of African Americans on Twitter nearly doubled from 13 percent to 25 percent, while the percentage of Caucasian Americans only grew from 5 percent to 9 percent. Even though African Americans only make up around 13 percent of the population, they account for 22 percent of Twitter users.
People who opposed the hashtag created a counter hashtag called #ConservativeOnCampus where white students voiced their opinions based on personal experience.
Nonetheless, the #BlackonCampus hashtag garnered over 60,000 tweets in one day. While tensions rise on campuses across the country, Twitter continues to be a place where black students feel comfortable expressing their frustrations and sharing personal anecdotes.
Fourteen-year-old Ahmed Mohamed entered one of his classes in a Texas high school last week with a homemade clock that was created from a pencil case. Instead of being praised for his handiwork, Mohamed was arrested because his teacher mistook the clock for a bomb.
This story spread rapidly on social media, due to allegations of prejudice. Many people were outraged at the belief that Mohamed was profiled because he is Muslim.
On Twitter, the hashtags #IStandWithAhmed and #NotABomb trended with pictures of watches and clocks. There was sharp criticism on racial, ethnic and religious profiling.
New emojis were made available to the public on Wednesday. 300 new emojis were added to the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and iPod keyboard. Among the updates are: 6 different skin and different hair color options, 32 more flags more flags, lesbian and gay couples with or without children and an Apple Watch emoji. (We’re onto you Apple.)
Some organizations and companies have expressed their support and excitement about the companies decision to be more inclusive but there has also been some backlash. The way these new emojis have been used in some cases has been negative and some believe that the new options open an awkward door for people to now perpetuate stereotypes using the app. Continue reading IOS 8.3 with New Emojis – Are We Moving Forward or Backward?→
American Crime is a new cable drama on ABC, created by John Ridley, the mastermind behind the film 12 Years a Slave. The series follows the aftermath of a horrendous crime that devastates a small community, leaving everyone affected. The show follows the lives of families in the community and their connection to the crime. It touches on topics of race, ethics, and morality and I can only imagine how else the writers are going to explore these themes throughout the season.
Social media was abuzz this past weekend with a powerful video from rapper Prince AE. The St. Louis native is filmed making a speech addressing the conflicts in Ferguson. AE claims that society can only change when we examine our thoughts and cultural beliefs, which we’ve been fed from outside influences.
“We have been brain washed with conditioned thoughts,” says the rapper.
“Thoughts that we have died over, killed over, fought over. But we gotta question them.”
EA tells viewers to open a history book, because history shows us that man has struggled with the same issues since our beginnings. Race, violence, war, politics; none of these things have been the solution to our problems.
After giving some spiritual advice on how to discover what truly matters, EA finished by saying, “man-kind has the opportunity to transform into kind-men.”
Since posting the video up on Facebook, over 16 million people have viewed the video, says EA. Popular website WorldStarHipHop.com also posted the video on their front page. The video can be seen here: