Today on the net: the US web denounces racial profiling in the country; South African net users deem a TV ad racist; and a blind photographer publicises pictures on Instagram.
Trayvon Martin case: web users against facial discrimination
Indignation remains acute on the US web following the acquittal on Saturday of George Zimmerman. Using the key-words, “I am Trayvon Martin”, many net users, mainly from the African American community, appeared on social networks wearing hoods, like Trayvon Martin on the day he died. A way of denouncing facial discrimination in the United States and of showing that they could have suffered the same fate as the teenager who was shot dead in 2012 by Zimmerman.
White Americans also debate the issue on this Tumblr blog, entitled “We are not Trayvon Martin”. A site on which outraged net users can publish their testimonies and feelings about racial discrimination in the States. This mother of two writes that she will never have to worry about her sons being killed in the street due to their skin colour. She is concerned however, about them growing up in a country where it is clearly possible to get away with killing a young black person.
Others recall personal experiences, demonstrating how advantaged they feel within American society. This man, for example, recounts that after being arrested for being drunk and disorderly, police officers drove him home instead of taking him to the station, which he feels would not have happened if he had been black.
South African TV ad stirs online controversy
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