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Bearing Witness While Black

Audiobook
Nonfiction: Social Sciences
Unabridged   8 hour(s)
Publication date: 12/21/2021

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Bearing Witness While Black

African Americans, Smartphones, and the New Protest #Journalism

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Digital Download ISBN:9781696606868

Summary

Bearing Witness While Black tells the story of this century's most powerful Black social movement through the eyes of fifteen activists who documented it.

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Bearing Witness While Black tells the story of this century's most powerful Black social movement through the eyes of fifteen activists who documented it. At the height of the Black Lives Matter uprisings, African Americans filmed and tweeted evidence of fatal police encounters in dozens of US cities—using little more than the device in their pockets. Their urgent dispatches from the frontlines spurred a global debate on excessive police force, which claimed the lives of African American men, women, and children at disproportionate rates.

This groundbreaking book reveals how the perfect storm of smartphones, social media, and social justice empowered Black activists to create their own news outlets, which continued a centuries-long, African American tradition of using the news to challenge racism. Bearing Witness While Black is the first book of its kind to identify three overlapping eras of domestic terror against African American people—slavery, lynching, and police brutality—and explain how storytellers during each period documented its atrocities through journalism. What results is a stunning genealogy—of how the slave narratives of the 1700s inspired the Abolitionist movement; how the black newspapers of the 1800s galvanized the anti-lynching and Civil Rights movements; and how the smartphones of today have powered the anti-police brutality movement.

Author Bio

Allissa V. Richardson is assistant professor of communication and journalism at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School.