I agree with the opinion that West's blowup was horribly rude and childish. However, there were some Internet users who took their thoughts about him too far. This was particularly obvious on Twitter, which was awash in a flood of racism, with the so-called "post-racial" levees fully giving way.
Here are just a few of the most memorable tweets:
ODV1985: kanye west is monkey ass n****r! and should be lynched! taylor swift i love you girl! (these people are going somewhere in life)
JacobFredG: I realy hope I dont have any black followers and if I do just stop following me, Kanye West is a stupid n****r!
trevbandito: Watch'n the VMA's and decicided to look up the word "N****R" In the dictionary, and low and behold was a pic. of Kanye West!!!!!!!!
There are some who still want to believe that with a black man in the White House, racism is a thing of the past. But I would contend that racism hasn't gone away, it has just gone online.
With the evolution of online conversations, many bigots who are too cowardly to spew their vitriol in front of an actual person, now hide behind a virtual barrier. The only reason many white supremacist groups stay alive is because they have vibrant online communities. Now, I am all for freedom of speech. Heck, I am in the business of free speech. But I also think that there has been souring of civility in public discourse.
Friday, September 18, 2009
For those that don't think there is racism in this country today, well this should make it clearer for you. I'm sure you all heard about the Kanye West incident with Taylor Swift. Well seems some racists have some Twitter accounts and really went all out. You can read the whole article on TheGrio.com, some quotes are below.