Safety pins as a symbol of solidarity against racism

Safety Pin

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Post-Brexit, people in the UK started wearing safety pins to show their stance against racism and their solidarity with immigrants.

…In the wake of the election [in the US] and reports of racism incidents across the nation, some are advocating using the safety pin strategy here too.

… There’s no safety pin emoji, but some people are adding the paperclip emoji to their Twitter usernames as a virtual world counterpart to the safety pin.



Stephen Colbert Staffer Creates #CarefreeBlackKids2k16 Social Media Hashtag, Results Are Adorable

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“I am not sure if there is anything I could say that would approach the enormity and complexity of the multiple tragedies that happened last week, so I’m not going to try right now,” Colbert told his audience. “But if you would like to see something beautiful, one of our social media producers, Heben Nigatu, started a social media hashtag, #CarefreeBlackKids2k16. It is really great. They’re really beautiful, and it will make you smile to see these children happy.”

A Killing. A Pointed Gun. And Two Black Lives, Witnessing.

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…Ms. Reynolds’s video is still stunning, not simply for its raw images. It takes us inside a moment of private horror and public witness, showing how the ubiquitous technology of video can be empowering yet leave the viewer feeling helpless.

…Watching, by itself, is a kind of paralysis. We can see this thing — but we’ve seen so many tragedies like it by now, and seeing hasn’t kept them from happening again and again.

Witnessing, on the other hand — as an affirmative act, like Ms. Reynolds’s — can make a difference. Without video, this kind of shooting might be an item in a local police blotter rather than national news. In the shooting of Mr. Sterling, the police said that the officers’ body cameras had been dislodged, but private-citizen video provided a record, and the Justice Department opened an investigation.

Witnessing spurred the Black Lives Matter movement. After the video of Mr. Castile’s shooting appeared, people protested in the streets and gathered online to commiserate and to share advice on how to record encounters with the police.

But for all of video’s power to bring us directly into a moment, it can’t help but remind us of the gulf between virtual and physical presence, as Ms. Reynolds’s livecast does in its last wrenching minute.

People are putting ((( echoes ))) around their names on Twitter – here’s why

People are putting ((( echoes ))) around their names on Twitter - here's why

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If you’ve been on Twitter lately, you’ve probably noticed people with brackets around their name.

If not, it basically looks like this: ((( Ashitha Nagesh )))

There’s a reason for this – and it’s not immediately obvious.

People are adding the brackets – known as ‘echoes’ – to their names as part of an online anti-racist movement.

Discrimination by Airbnb Hosts Is Widespread, Report Says

Commenting on an article of this title that found that “fictional guests set up by the researchers with names like Lakisha or Rasheed were roughly 16% less likely to be accepted than identical guests with names like Brent or Kristen,” a blogger describes how:

Three times, I’ve had requests to stay at a place denied only to find the space still listed as available hours later. Two of those times, I asked @triciawang to make inquiries at those same spaces to see what would happen and both times she was told to go ahead and book. (Obviously I didn’t take them because who wants to stay at the home of someone who doesn’t want you to?)

As a result, I’ve used @airbnb a lot less over the past two years. I still book on the site occasionally but more often I’ll either have the other (white) people I’m traveling with book the airbnb for us or I avoid the service entirely and stay at hotels.

Germans Fight Neo-Nazis by Liking Their Facebook Page and Flooding It With Love

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Sadly, there’s still a Nazi presence in Germany. Recently, an organization named Laut Gegen Nazis, or Loud Against Nazis, decided to combat the hate with lots of love—or rather, lots of likes.

On International Holocaust Memorial Day, the group encouraged a diverse group of Germans (recruited by ad agency Jung Von Matt/Elbe) to like the NDP (the country’s neo-Nazi party) on Facebook and then swarm the page with positive, anti-racist messages like “For a colorful Germany.” According to the case study below, more than 100,000 protesters participated in the “Like Attack,” and the ensuing coverage generated some 7 million media impressions.