[Digital Brief] Social Media Conversations about Race (Pew)

August 18, 2016

Pew Research Center recently released Social Media Conversations about Race. This report shows how social media users see, share, and discuss race and the rise of hashtags like #BlackLivesMatter, based on the Twitter data garnered from July 12, 2013 through March 31, 2016. For example, according to the report, from July 12, 2013, to March 31, 2016, #BlackLivesMatter was used eight times as often as #AllLivesMatter (see the image that follows). All surges and drops in the use of #BlackLivesMatter followed by major social incidents are interesting. #BlackLivesMatter did make new history in social activism. How has this movement successfully evolved into greater voices and political influence? How can we use the YPP Action Frame 10 questions to reflect on this movement? The full report is available here.



Related articles: What people don’t get about ‘Black Twitter’ (The Washington Post) and How #BlackLivesMatter Came to Define a Movement (The NY Times)