It is crucial that Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram users understand that digital blackface does not exist in a social media vacuum; rather the painful legacy of blackface — as just one agent of White Supremacy — must be considered in order to grasp the depth of this issue.
The “post-fact” world that we are hurdling towards does not have to become a reality as long as we constantly expose ourselves to a variety of news sources by not only avoiding unreliable news channels, but also by entertaining different points of view from valid sources across the political spectrum. It is only through understanding “the other side” that we can begin to understand what caused such a divide in the first place, and then take measures to address it.
Dear white liberal friends, family, and peers: please check your privilege.
Women may choose to talk as an attempt to obtain justice, or as a way to gain personal empowerment, raise awareness, and show solidarity. #NotAllMen disrespects that process because it negates the feelings of the women who have chosen to be vulnerable and reveal their wounds.
For some women Instagram has totally augmented a successful pursuit of independence in the business world, particularly in ventures that cater to women. But in a more cynical view of things it appears that for other women it has created a culture of excusing traditional routes to success, such as the acquisition of a formal education.
The anonymity of Yik Yak provides a glimpse into the minds of our student population, and what it shows is not pretty.
His constant posts of nude women not only promote the dehumanization of women but also perpetuates an archaic masculine construct predicated upon power and control. Women are reduced to an essentialist reality of disposable objects; of digitized images to be shared, commented upon, and ultimately controlled as a sexualized means of entertainment.