In class we talked about how now that cellphones have become more accessible, it has been easier to reports instances of discrimination, police brutality, etc towards people of color, especially black people. A lot of people in the US think that just because we have a black president, a music industry that thrives off the work of black artists, and other things, we live in a post-racial society. This is, however, not the case and as a result there have been more opportunities for people to organize and protest using platforms like Facebook and Twitter. However, just as these websites are helpful in organizing masses, they also have drawbacks in that public posts can be used by cops and aid them in targeting people.
Most recently, the following post has been going around Facebook
“The Morton County Sheriff’s Department has been using Facebook check-ins to find out who is at Standing Rock in order to target them in attempts to disrupt the prayer camps. SO Water Protecters are calling on EVERYONE to check-in at Standing Rock, ND to overwhelm and confuse them. This is concrete action that can protect people putting their bodies and well-being on the line that we can do without leaving our homes. Will you join me in Standing Rock?”
How to check-in on facebook:
go to the space where you usually make posts on facebook, on the bottom left there are three buttons, one of them is a pin which when you click allows you to check-in to a location: check-in to Standing Rock Indian Reservation