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Racialized Slacktivism: Social Media Performances of White Antiracism
Rhetorics of Whiteness: Postracial Hauntings in Popular Culture, Social Media, and Education (2017)
  • Tim Engles
Abstract
This chapter is an analysis of common white netizens' responses to the killing of Trayvon Martin and to the viral video, "Kony 2012." It argues that such responses are a form of "racialized slacktivism," that is, an effort to return to a sense of oneself as a good, happy white person by going through the motions of demonstrating an antiracist online version of oneself.
Publication Date
2017
Editor
Tammie M. Kennedy, Joyce Irene Middleton & Krista Ratcliffe
Publisher
Southern Illinois University Press
Citation Information
Tim Engles. "Racialized Slacktivism: Social Media Performances of White Antiracism" CarbondaleRhetorics of Whiteness: Postracial Hauntings in Popular Culture, Social Media, and Education (2017)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/tim_engles/30/