Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Facebook…

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Like any college student, I spend completely too much time on facebook and recently a lot of things have been brought to my attention. It seems as though you can find out a lot about people from things they post/join on facebook that you’d never imagined. For instance, there has been a large number of groups being formed based on certain racial/ethnic ideas. Groups range from ‘I love light-skinned people” to “this is america, i shouldnt have to press 1 for english.’ I don’t know If i was more shocked/disappointed in these groups being formed or the fact that they have a huge (in the hundreds of thousands) fan base. Even groups that start off being innocent, such as ‘I hate being the only black kid in class’ become filled with racist discussion posts. I have also noticed an explosion in the number of people (non-Black especially) who use the n-word as if it no longer matters, or perhaps they no longer care. I think that sitting behind the safety of a computer, people feel free to speak their mind, showing that racial progress has more to do with fear of being labeled a racist (or of personal safety) than actual progress based on respect for fellow human beings.

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Written by mzlisarenee

March 28, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I agree that the groups on facebok have become a little racists. This is completely normal, because people can express their feeling better online than speaking outloud at the SET on campus.

    medusmango

    March 28, 2010 at 5:06 pm

  2. I have noticed this as well. It’s sad to see that even younger people harbor these disgusting racist ideas. I’d like to think that racism would die out with the old tea-bagging crowd, but I guess not…

    chrissybear

    March 29, 2010 at 10:40 pm

  3. WOW, Loved your blog!!! I think you are right, people don’t care what hurt others as long as they aren’t doing it in the person’s face. It’s kinda like the whole “Backstabbing theory,” say it, but don’t get caught…

    beatitkid

    March 30, 2010 at 6:05 am

  4. This is very true because behind a computer you are able to express yourself without expressing your whole identity and also you don’t have to worry about backlash against you. Seeing groups on facebook such as these just show how people truly feel because they know they can say how they truly feel without having to worry about any serious consequences.

    bmcdaniel91

    March 31, 2010 at 2:20 pm

  5. I concur with the comment and responses. People can be a brand new person behind a computer. Even those on twitter because you can disguise yourself as whoever and say the most outlandish statements because no one knows it you.

    ineeduf

    March 31, 2010 at 11:08 pm

  6. After I read this blog I started noticing more and more how many people say racist things on facebook, and I think part of it does have to do with the fact that they have that safe net becuase it is online. I have seen more people use the N word both black people and white. I just never understood why it is neccessary to us such a derogatory word. It is sad that these people who use such words or post things that are racist don’t even think they are doing anything wrong.

    roxy423

    April 3, 2010 at 2:13 am


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