In today’s society, we are witnessing a rather perplexed fluctuation in attempts to unify all Americans, from the likes of some prominent individuals and some outlandish organizations deriving from the aftermaths of commonly known complex affairs.
During the third quarter of the year 2012, one billion smartphones were used worldwide. This was also the same year that social media giant, Facebook, saw a huge increase in the number of its users. Accomplishing the one billion users milestone officially in October 2012.
Why? Well….Facebook became very popular in 2012 for many different reasons:
- Users would normally share their personal experiences in life with their close friends and family members who were also users of Facebook.
- Those same posts or statutes were shared willingly or unwillingly to the public for everyone else to view and comment.
- Many viral videos were traveling back and forth throughout the platform. From funny vine videos to unconventional vlog videos, to teenager fight videos to even multiple police brutality videos.
Consequently, Facebook users were virally sharing their opinions on these various videos. Which in turn led to millions of people of color, watching videos of yet another person of color, being either harassed, bullied, racially profiled or even killed by law enforcement officers, who just so happened to be labeled under a different racial group.
According to a ProPublica analysis of federally collected data on fatal police shootings – “The 1,217 deadly police shootings from 2010 to 2012 captured in the federal data show that people of color, from ages 15 to 19, were killed at an alarming rate of 31.17 per million, while just “1.47 per million white males in that same age range died at the hands of police.
More about this in a later documentary, but I mentioned this in order for you to understand what all was taking place, and progressively becoming worse, during this time period, that initially carried on into the next coming years.
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