In late February, 17 year-old Trayvon Martin was gunned down by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. The shooter is claiming self-defense but it is widely felt that he acted unjustly. The week this happened, the story didn’t even register on mainstream news’ radar. I actually didn’t hear about it until 2 weeks after it happened and I heard about from Huffington Post’s “Black Voices” site. And the news they had was limited. As the weeks have gone on the story has sort of snowballed into a major nationwide headline. Now the nation is calling for action.
The main way the community is getting involved is through social media. Everyday I see a friend or two change their profile picture to the image of Trayvon as a child. There’s always a new petition to sign, or a new march to attend.
Social media was the main driving force for the “Million Hoodie March” in Union Square last week where people were asked to wear hoodies, carry a bag of skittles and a can of arizona ice tea because these were the items Trayvon had on him at the time of his killing. Without social media, this march would have taken a long time to organize but with it the march was planned and executed within a week.
As this story continues to unfold, watch out for how ways social media will make an impact
Have you ever noticed on your Facebook newsfeeds a status like , “I am on the phone with him right now, he is so funny” or “I am so lucky to have him in my life”? What is with that?
A guy friend of mine was talking with me about this. I honestly don’t understand it. If you are in a relationship with someone and you decide to mention them in a status, give them the dignity of mentioning their name. Unless you’re in a relationship with the Man upstairs, but that’s a whole other topic altogether.
In my very unsophisticated research I have noticed that women are most likely to do this in their statuses. Guys usually don’t talk about their lovers unless they are breaking up with them and women talk about their’s at all times no matter what the situation. Regardless of the reasoning for talking about your sweetie, I say refer to them by their name and not just “him” or “her”…why would you do that to them, why???
Have you seen a ridiculous status about someone else’s better half? What did you think about it? Sound off below.