Mixing It Up

A closer look at cultural diversity

Why are people so racist on the Internet?

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Photo taken from XO Jane

Today I was reading a blog post by Issa Rae, a black woman who recently won an award for her web series, “The Mis-adventures of Awkward Black Girl.”

After winning against 783 other web series for a  ”Shorty Award,” Issa received quite a few racist Tweets.

One that really stood out to me: “#ThingsBetterThanAwkwardBlackGirl The smell coming from Treyvon Martin. @awkwarblkgrl”

That’s really horrible.

Issa said she’s never been called the N-word to her face, but over the Internet, people use the word very liberally, as if this were the 1950s and 1960s.

I really related to her post because since I started writing about diversity for the News-Times, I’ve never heard the N-word so much either. Like Issa, most of the time the word is thrown at me over the Internet.

I guess it’s easier for people to be themselves anonymously.

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