The Role Of Social Media On The Way Police Officers Interact With Black Americans

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With its wide reach and sophisticated use of social media, Black Lives Matter has the ability to organize the capture, archive and use of video in ways that can give it a critical ongoing role in reforming the way police officers interact with black Americans. The key tool is sitting in the purses and pants pockets of every American, black or white, who has participated in a Black Lives Matter protest, or who simply feels sympathy for the movement’s mission. That tool is the camera-equipped smart phone (Logan 2016).
According to Stephen (2015) any large social movement is shaped by the technology available to it and tailors its goals, tactics, and rhetoric to the media of its time. The tools that we have to organize and to resist are fundamentally different than anything that’s existed before in black struggle. If you’re a civil rights activist in 2015 and you need to get some news out, your first move is to choose a platform. If you want to post a video of a protest or a violent arrest, you put it up on Vine, Instagram, or Periscope. If you want to avoid trolls or snooping authorities and you need to coordinate some kind of action, you might chat privately with other activists on GroupMe. If you want to rapidly mobilize a bunch of people you know and you don’t want the whole world clued in, you use SMS or WhatsApp. If you want to mobilize a ton of people you might not know and you do want the whole world to talk about it: Twitter. Social media birth the #Black Lives…

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