Internet Racism

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With the popularization and expansion of the internet in recent years, America and other Western countries have found themselves developing into media-dominated cultures. Social media platforms, forums, and other types of online interaction are becoming primary forms of communication between people with similar or differing views, bringing political topics into daily discussion. However, the implications of such a broad and unrestrained network lead to negative outcomes. Whether it be in the form of a direct slur used on Twitter or a slight jab in a discussion board, the ongoing presence of racism on the internet cannot be denied. Although some forms may appear more indirectly, the effects are not diminished; implicit forms of racism are just as impactful as direct attacks. This paper argues that the internet serves as a carrier of racism by allowing racism to thrive through forms of racial microaggressions and cloaked websites. Toward the end of the essay, possible solutions for this issue will be discussed as well.
A key term to understanding implicit forms of racism comes from the term microaggression. According to Dareld Wing Su, racial microaggression can be defined as “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, and environmental hostilities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights or insults to the target person or group” (Sue, et al. 273). This definition of microaggression demonstrates the
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