Jenny Korn Can't Breathe

Digital Revelations From “I Can’t Breathe”

I see people mocking White privilege out of ignorance, forwarding images on Facebook that state that White privilege does not exist and is a claim made only by people that dislike White individuals. I see the number of “shares” of this infuriating image rise to over 670. I see the increase in the number of people agreeing with the racist image below, as more and more Whites drop their “likes” on this image, totaling over 710.

I see your truth. Facebook has changed the way we relate to each other. Beliefs you had, I might not have learned of until we had a candid conversation in person. Now, you are emboldened by online social media. You know that when you post, you will undoubtedly find others that share your racist values. Your community, full of White privilege, will affirm that race does not matter, through their clicks, likes, forwards, shares, retweets, and mentions. In your rhetorical stance, you assert that we should not criticize cops. In reply, we state that police officers are not above reproach. We need to hold them to a higher standard than the one that allows them to go on record as dehumanizing Black men, calling them “beasts” and “demons,” and even videotaped while using banned chokeholds on a Black man gasping for his life, pleading eleven times as he was choked to death under the hand of a White police officer:

 

I can’t breathe.
I can’t breathe.
I can’t breathe.
I can’t breathe.
I can’t breathe.
I can’t breathe.
I can’t breathe.
I can’t breathe.
I can’t breathe.
I can’t breathe.
I can’t breathe.

Your behavior reveals your beliefs, especially online, and now, I see who you are.

Jenny Korn is a scholar of race, gender, and online identity. Please connect with Jenny at http://facebook.com/JenKorn, LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/JennyKorn, or Twitter @JennyKorn.

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