So I know I’m a little late to be posting about the election, but we had a really good discussion in my Race&Racism class regarding Obama and his ethnicity. We talked so much about media, I felt like continuing the discussion on here. To begin, I think it’s important to note that our President was raised by his mother and stepfather, neither member being of African descent, yet there is still this cloud of racism that surrounds his name and origin. Our teacher raised a very valid point- he asked us how we think Barack would identify himself racially. Anyway, this is all unimportant to the topic at hand, it is just something to keep in mind when trying to understand this surge of negativity. Even if you didn’t vote for him, or support his platform, I have always thought that a certain respect is given to a leader by his people (in a democracy). Are we more inclined to be blatently hurtful or critical due to anonymity? Here is the post that sparked this entire debacle:
I just can’t believe something like this would come out of someone’s mouth… but it didn’t- and that’s the point. What does social media do for us when it comes to expressing our opinions? I think the internet has conditioned us to always take a 100% die-hard stance on things, when before we may have been indifferent. It is no longer viable to not have an opinion on a topic, what with google and wikipedia, etc. In that aspect, we seem to be more informed, but then why do things like this happen? And why is he receiving so much attention- good or bad? Obviously I’m writing about this man right now, so I’m being hypocritical, but I swear- next thing we know this guy is going to have a t.v. show coming on right after Toddlers and Tiaras. I think social media and the internet has helped us become more linked and knowledgable, but one must still have an inclination to want to become informed before they seek out the knowledge. Otherwise, it is just amplifying the voice of bigoted and hateful people, is it not?
All in all, I think i’m trying to look at the different ways the internet kindles our actions. Obviously for people seeking information, it can be such a help. But what is it really doing for people like Tracy Watson?