Race After The Internet by Lisa Nakamura and Peter Chow-White
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What makes people think it is acceptable to racially profile others? In almost any situation whether it is in public, in your own home or the internet most people seem to partake in racial profiling in one way or another. Typically this is done by discriminating someone purely based off of skin color or by stereotypes they may have heard in the past. But what does the internet have to do with this? There are a couple instances which have been shown throughout the media that are good examples of this. The first of two examples is ABC’s “What Would You Do?” segment that was aired on television. Secondly is the case involving Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman. The internet plays a much bigger role on racial profiling than you may think. One…show more content… Generations before the internet existed people were raised in a time to where racial profiling was more socially acceptable versus how it is now. This was back when the white race was more dominant; if you weren't white then you would be treaty much differently with fewer privileges. Since those generations are older now in our new refined society it’s difficult for them to realize things like equality has changed. Younger members of our society have been more accustomed to accepting different races so it makes them to raise their young to being okay with everything going on in our society such as equality. This would make it easier to think that racial profiling and discrimination would start going away and deteriorating but this doesn't seem to be the case, but why?
Social media has a bigger role in racial discrimination. Websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr all have the feature where the user is able to have all the power they desire at their fingertips. With this power users feel more hidden so they feel free to say more racist comments because of the fact that they feel “hidden” with a separate identity versus how they are in real life. It may not be because the user it actually racist but could be trying to get others to laugh and make them more likable by posting racist memes or stereotypes. The problem with this is that since users seem to believe to think