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There’s a Jim Crow Mentality on Social Media | Medium

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There’s a Jim Crow Mentality on Social Media | Medium

When Black people get too uppity online, we’re told to STFU

Ron Dawson, Medium

Yesterday, one of the many white “Christians” in the professional photography community—a man who is notorious for silencing black voices in the online communities he runs—said he would pay up to $3,000 to have me tear-gassed. Now, in total disclosure, I did buy the URL assholeracistphotog.com and point it to his website for about half a day. But what else do you call a man who publicly states he would pay up to $1,000/night to tear-gas “those Yahoos in Portland” as he put it. “Yahoos” who were protesting and uprising in Portland in the wake of yet ANOTHER killing of an unarmed Black man.

I did that little joke to prove a point. This individual was accusing ANTIFA as supporting Joe Biden, and as his proof, he commented on how Antifa.com forwards to Joe Biden’s website (which, as of this writing, it does). A number of this individual’s followers were commenting on how crazy these Marxist “lefties” are, and how this proves it. Once again utterly amazed at how seemingly ignorant Trump supporters are, I was cynically making what most people should have seen was an obvious point—that anyone can buy a domain and point it anywhere they like.

Was my action immature? Maybe? But it made my point. 


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Black Lives Matter (BLM) is a decentralized political and social movement advocating for non-violent civil disobedience in protest against incidents of police brutality and all racially motivated violence against black people. The broader movement and its related organizations typically advocate against police violence towards black people, as well as for various other policy changes considered to be related to black liberation.

In July 2013, the movement began with the use of the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter on social media after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of African-American teen Trayvon Martin 17 months earlier, in February 2012. The movement became nationally recognized for street demonstrations following the 2014 deaths of two African Americans: Michael Brown—resulting in protests and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, a city near St. Louis—and Eric Garner in New York City. Since the Ferguson protests, participants in the movement have demonstrated against the deaths of numerous other African Americans by police actions or while in police custody. In the summer of 2015, Black Lives Matter activists became involved in the 2016 United States presidential election. The originators of the hashtag and call to action, Alicia GarzaPatrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi, expanded their project into a national network of over 30 local chapters between 2014 and 2016. The overall Black Lives Matter movement is a decentralized network of activists with no formal hierarchy.

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