From sociologist Jessie Daniels (CUNY Hunter), a presentation that focuses on race and racism in the digital sphere. In it, she traces a history of the web wherein individuals were at once hopeful about the web’s potential to become a deracialized space–one that could be truly color-blind. It would not take long for this optimism to be squashed. It was quickly realized that the web would serve as yet another platform for the production and reproduction of racial domination, as she provides several examples below.
- Have you found examples of Internet hate speech online? Do the owners of these sites allow or disallow such discourse? What are some of the ways in which we can counter racist discourse online?
- How does the continued (and disturbing) existence of racist discourse and action in the digital sphere counter claims that America is a “post-racial” society?
You can follow Dr. Daniels at her @jessienyc Twitter account.