For this project I aim to create a twitter feed which shows great contrast. Because of the rise in police brutality in America, I thought it was fitting to base my idea on the issue of race because I feel that its an issue that needs to be addressed however, its a topic that makes people feel uncomfortable.
Recently, in protest of this huge race issue in America, a hash tag on twitter was create, called #blacklivesmatter.
This hashtag has proven to be controversial because it causes conflict between the idea of one colour mattering.
The main purpose that this hashtag was created was to make awareness of how black people are treated as 2nd class citizens in america, due to systemic racism that is implemented.
The beauty of systemic racism is that it can go unnoticed in the public eye because it doesn’t directly effect the rest of the population’s lives, so there is no reason for them to be concerned by it. Another reason systemic racism works effectively on the black population is because ‘the best way to trap someone i to make them feel free’ this means that, on first impression, when we take a glance at the horrific reality of gang culture, its very easy to say “these people have had equal opportunities. why haven’t they got their lives together yet?”, when in fact, there is a system built around this sector of people, stopping them to progress as a community. A small example of this is : The drug sentence for selling cocaine (used by wealthier people) is far less worse than the penalty for selling crack cocaine (used by poor people). This gives another disadvantage to the poorer communities because the children grow up without father figures and because of this it creates a cycle of young men throwing away the future of their next generations. please see the link below for more information.
In my opinion, if black people want to raise awareness of the issue, they have to communicate their message in an understandable format, HOWEVER, because of the misunderstanding between the genuine meaning of this hashtag #blacklivesmatter, the message will not be received well by the population,, which then stems more misunderstanding, with the likes of the #whitelivesmatter hashtag.
My Typographic remix aims to unravel the opinions of both parties and to paint a vivid picture of how America, as a powerful country, can’t deal with this issue.
Im going to do this by using sublime text 3 to make a single webpage, with a background in relation to the topic of race in america and show both hashtags on the twitter feeds contrasting each other , on either side of the webpage. blavklives