Social Media And Its Impact On The United States

1188 Words Jul 6th, 2015 5 Pages
Protests in Baltimore over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray while in police custody have invoked a broad spectrum of responses and emotions in the United States.

Many have taken to social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to express their views.
The remarks have been both supportive of citizen protests and condemnatory. The relative anonymity of the Internet has led some critics to go to inflammatory extremes, such as suggesting that the U.S. send protesters to Iraq to get beheaded by ISIS, the fundamentalist Islamist group hell-bent on slaughtering anyone who does not conform to their worldview.

Many of these social media commentators did not understand why citizens might be upset with the status quo, and instead focused on how protesters were blocking traffic and preventing working-class people from their commute.

More disturbingly, the protests have also brought out the overt racists, perhaps comforted by the distance that the Internet enables. EJ Monaghan from Brentwood, NY, posted a picture of George Wallace -- the segregationist governor of Alabama who fought the desegregation -- alongside a caption that said, “My, he was right after all.”

The rhetoric has gotten to the point of the absurd, with conservative talk-heads like Michael Savage saying things like:

Has there been a civil war? Yea, it’s a slow burning civil war. What do you think we are looking at here? It’s a race war. These are their shock troops, they don’t have the brown…
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