The purpose of this thesis is to understand Twitter users’ reactions and their discussions on race after the shooting death of Stephon Clark. The study examines the #BlackLivesMatter, #BlueLivesMatter, and #StephonClark hashtags in the six weeks following the killing of Clark. The data yielded 513 tweets that included a variation of all three hashtags, while only 29 tweets were found including the #BlueLivesMatter hashtag. Taking a grounded theory approach, the study utilizes content analysis to code the Twitter data. The results of the data were reflective of the Black Lives Matter movement’s narrative to stop anti-Black racism and end the police-involved killings of unarmed Black men and women. Through the examination of the hashtags, the study demonstrates how Twitter may be a powerful tool used by social movements in their fight to address social issues.
|School:||The George Washington University|
|School Location:||United States -- District of Columbia|
|Source:||MAI 81/6(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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