Throughout the past few weeks I have noticed many people posting comments about Trayvon Martin on Facebook. Their comments range from different news articles, pictures of a boy holding skittles and their own personal opinions filled with anger at the injustice of the situation. Whereas I am glad to see that these individuals are clearly outraged by what happened, I also know that these postings are their only efforts to speak out against this problem. Many of the postings I have seen were from students here and the number of postings I saw that demonstrated disagreement did not match the number of people who attended the talk about the Trayvon Martin case at the Multicultural center the other week, as I did not see any of my peers who were posting these things in attendance.
This is where I become frustrated. I think it is great that individuals are posting things at all but I feel as though these posts are their only efforts to speak out against the injustice rooted in society that has clearly been demonstrated by the case of Trayvon Martin. I think it is extremely easy for people to put a comment up on Facebook about their outrage associated with this example of inequality and to feel as though they have “done their job”. They have fulfilled their duty of publicly saying it was wrong and therefore do not feel the need to do anything else. How do we get these individuals in society to take the next step and actually take action against the injustices of society? The misconception of thinking that merely posting something on Facebook is enough to combat the issue at hand happens so frequently today. I think that Facebook and other forms of social networking are great tools to heighten awareness about certain issues in society but are not enough to actively combat these issues at hand. What you guys think, how do we capitalize on the ability of social networking to raise awareness but get people to move a step further and take action?