Saturday, May 16, 2015

The NEWEST civil rights movement?

In this article from the NYT magazine, the author discusses 'How a group of black social-media activists built the nation's first 21st-century civil rights movement."

"The movement began with a single image: Michael Brown, lying facedown on the asphalt, a stream of blood running from his head."

"Since Aug. 9, 2014, when Officer Darren Wilson of the Ferguson Police Department shot and killed Michael Brown, Mckesson and a core group of other activists have built the most formidable American protest movement of the 21st century to date. Their innovation has been to marry the strengths of social media — the swift, morally blunt consensus that can be created by hashtags; the personal connection that a charismatic online persona can make with followers; the broad networks that allow for the easy distribution of documentary photos and videos — with an effort to quickly mobilize protests in each new city where a police shooting occurs.
We often think of online activism as a shallow bid for fleeting attention, but the movement that Mckesson is helping to lead has been able to sustain the country’s focus and reach millions of people."
If the Brown case and the Ferguson riots were not the real start, will the horrendous video of the slaying of slaying of Walter L. Scott in North Charleston on Apr. 4, be the spark?

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