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Beyond Hashtags: Racial Politics and Black Digital Networks

Sarah Florini


In a culture dominated by discourses of “colorblindness” but still rife with structural racism, digital and social media have become a resource for Black Americans navigating a society that simultaneously perpetuates and obscures racial inequality. Though the Ferguson protests made such Black digital networks more broadly visible, these networks did not coalesce in that moment. They were built over the course of years through much less spectacular, though no less important, everyday use, including mundane social exchanges, humor, and fandom. This book explores these everyday practices and thei ... More

Keywords: Black digital networks, Black Twitter, This Week in Blackness, podcasts, Black cultural production, social justice, anti-Black racism, Ferguson, Black Lives Matter

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781479892464
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479892464.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Florini, author
Arizona State University