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    Posted: Aug 11 2013 at 9:27pm

Online Social Movement “Black Twitter” Becoming Force For Social Change

July 22, 2013 4:30 AM


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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Recent racially charged controversies — like the Trayvon Martin case — have galvanized the community, and a big part of the conversation is online.

When George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, social media sites exploded with activity. The same happened when deposition transcripts from a race discrimination case against Food Network’s Paul Deen hit the Internet. A big part of the conversation and influence came from a cultural movement called “Black Twitter.”

“Black Twitter is a lazy shorthand for the way Black people use Twitter,” says Maya Francis, a local writer and communications strategist who has authored articles on the phenomenon. She says “Black Twitter” pulls the curtain back on once private conversations between African Americans, but it also is a tool for activism that is proving to be a powerful force for change.

“Black Twitter has the power to dismantle brands,” she says, “and Paula Deen was an example of that. From a brand perspective, black people hold so much power as consumers that you can’t ignore ignore it.”

Francis says “Black Twitter” is also rumored to have destroyed a potential book deal for former George Zimmerman trial juror B-37.

“Twitter itself as we’ve seen in other places like in Egypt, definitely can be a big change agent,” says Francis. “And I think it’s important to remember that works here too. Initially, Zimmerman wasn’t even going to be brought to trial. But there was such a dust up of concern and fear and anger, and much of that took place on Twitter by giving people who usually don’t have a voice a way to be heard.”

According to the Pew Research Center, nearly a one-third of all African Americans are on Twitter.

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black twitter is ignorant
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Can you explain what it is? is it a group on twitter with that name? I am a bit confused. I thought it were a social movement etc 
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sigh....yet "we" give so much of our money away to 'them"...
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Interesting. I do agree though. Twitter is good because if we used it right, it would be a way to spread information through the community and a way to organize ourselves.  We no longer have that 1 leader (like martin luther king) to do it for us.

When we are outraged over something, we DO use twitter to organize ourselves and its wonderful. But unfortunately, those moments are few and far between because like nita said, there are some ignorant ass people on there.
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1/3 tho?  They need more people
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Originally posted by zsazsa zsazsa wrote:

Can you explain what it is? is it a group on twitter with that name? I am a bit confused. I thought it were a social movement etc 
No, black twitter is just black people on twitter. When we have a collective thought (like Paula Deen situation) we all tweet together about how wrong it is. Then, when everyone is tweeting about the same thing, It becomes a trending topic and everyone (others races twitter/ the media/Big businesses) takes notice and react according to our opinions (like in PD case, she was dropped by the big businesses). 

Now, Im not sure if this can be solely thanks to twitter. But the point is, it is an avenue where Black peoples collective view/opinions get light.
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Lol nita IA

But if Twitter was used the right way, then it COULD be a powerful tool. Unfortunately, we don't get collectively excited over important issues of substance
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lmao black twitter doing damage?
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Lol looks like the author reads bhm
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