Facebook Generates Racism and “White Flight”

Saturday, August 8, 2009
Posted in category Diversity Tyranny

Another bunch of crazed, Marxist, divertsity-police sociologists have a new problem for America to address: desegregation on social networking sites. The latest social debacle in this country is that “white, upper-class and college-bound teenagers are migrating to Facebook” (moving out of the neighborhood) and “less educated and nonwhite teenagers” are being left behind, in the ghetto of MySpace. The problem remains that people tend to socialize with other people of their own culture with common backgrounds, interests, and ideals. Horrible, horrible. Here’s a snippet from one of the Diversity Police:

Why the social stratification? Probably because “people use these sites to connect with people they already know,” Ms. Hargittai says. “And people tend to have friends like them.”

People tend to have friends like them? Say it isn’t so! Also from the article:

Her research also seems to support Ms. Boyd’s contention that social media “mirrors and magnifies” our social divisions, rather than removes them. “We can use technology as a tool to connect with people, but we can’t assume that it will eliminate all of the serious issues we have to face in this country,” Ms. Boyd said at PDF. “Pervasive social stratification is being reified in a new era. If we don’t address this head-on, inequality will develop deeper roots that will further cement divisions in our lives.”

Ms. Hargittai said that the division of race and ethnicity on social networking sites is only getting more pronounced. We gotta do something about this! The whacko nutjob, Danah Boyd, another angry researcher of social divisions, said this:

“What we’re seeing is a modern incarnation of white flight,” Ms. Boyd said. “It should scare the hell out of us.”

Maybe we should just enforce busing on Facebook . Set up quotas on both Facebook and MySpace, and where those quotas don’t line up, the government should bus white folks from the suburbs of Facebook to the inner city of MySpace by closing down their accounts and locking their computers out of potential Facebook registration. Of course, to enforce that, we’ll have to have a whole new set of rules for purchasing computers so that they are all registered like a handgun. Then it’ll be a federal crime to alter your computer and hack your way into Facebook if you were banned from it for diversity reasons. This could create millions of jobs for security and IT people, as well as sociologists, psychologists, social workers, and diversity professionals with doctorates. However, the problem remains how to get minorities, who voluntarily open up accounts on MySpace, to do the same on Facebook? Since it is a free service and requires voluntarily participation, there can be no affirmative action program. That means only one thing: let the purge begin on Facebook.

Thus this is clearly a conundrum that has me frightened for the future of America. I’m losing sleep over it already.

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10 Responses to Facebook Generates Racism and “White Flight”

  1. Lynne says:

    August 8th, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Karen, your article is a prime example of your usual dry wit and good sense. The first quote “Why the social stratification? Probably because “people use these sites to connect with people they already know,” Ms. Hargittai says. “And people tend to have friends like them.” elicits a “well duhhhh” and several eye-rolls from me. I reckon they want to TRY to force us to amalgamate with their kind. No way. A forced friendship is like a forced union or a forced compliment or anything that is forced…it’s just not real. Enough of this, I’m fixing to share this one with my friends (that I’VE chosen) on Facebook…while I can!

  2. Charlie Anderson says:

    August 8th, 2009 at 10:50 am

    As Robert Frost said, a liberal is someone who will not take his own side in an argument. The folks complaining about “white flight” on the internet are same ones who support black and hispanic theme dormitories on college campuses.

  3. Ted Bendixson says:

    August 8th, 2009 at 11:57 am

    When will sociologists learn to stop committing the texas sharpshooter fallacy over and over again?

  4. Belisarios says:

    August 8th, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    This totalitarian attitude to diversity really is scary. How is it so hard for these people to understand that force isn’t usually a good way to promote “diversity”?

  5. miles says:

    August 8th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    The Southern Poverty Law Center recently complained about a white dating site supposedly underwritten by Richard Scaife. I dont know if Scaife funded the site, but I do know the SPLC was “concerned” about its existence. It would be obvious to point out that there are many black, hispanic, and asain (and gay), dating sites, but this it redundant. Its only ‘bad’ if its a white dating site. See how that works?

  6. Craig says:

    August 8th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    I am simply shocked how far removed this professor is from the rest of society. Does news/trends not creep up the to the top floors of the ivory towers?

    I also knew the answer to the question before it was even finished by simply talking to people. Several family members use facebook, and the reason they use it is because OTHER family members use it. Can I please receive by ph.d from University of Ill. at Chicago now?

    Here’s a question for her next “research”, why don’t some people use facebook/myspace? The question is just as idiotic as the first one. She can use more tax dollars to find the “answer(s)”.

  7. Dave Naramore says:

    August 8th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    These people really need therapy, but I would not want my tax dollars to pay for it! I have friends from many different races, colours, countries, and ethnicities and…oh by the way, they are all on facebook. Does that mean we ALL need to stop contacting each other now??? Guess if they kick us off facebook, we’ll have to look into telepathy. They might have more trouble enforcing that medium of communication!! ;->

  8. Richard Laplante says:

    August 9th, 2009 at 10:53 am

    “Of course, to enforce that, we’ll have to have a whole new set of rules for purchasing computers so that they are all registered like a handgun.”

    Where I live, we don’t register our handguns. :)

  9. Diana says:

    September 1st, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Despite what De Coster makes it sound, if you actually read Boyd’s original article, it hardly argues that “something needs to be done” about ethnic disparity on social networking sites, but rather she’s a sociologist whose job is to observe and report on trends amongst society and people in that society. She is simply arguing that the Internet is just like any other social structure, and that these structures are divided by race, class and gender. Social networking sites have yet to be looked at from this perspective and that makes her work very interesting from an advertising and marketing perspective in how Myspace will approach its advertising now that Google no longer backs it.

  10. Karen De Coster says:

    September 1st, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Diana, #1) I am free to criticze marxist-collectivist “sociologists” and their insane “jobs” that keep harping on racism, racism, racism, racism, racism. #2) History shows that the “job” of these people is to create so-called societal problems, through the misuse and bullshit statistics, so that government can grow and develop social laboratories in which to solve the so-called “problems.”

    Lastly, let me repeat a quote form the article that you need to re-read: “Ms. Boyd said at PDF. “Pervasive social stratification is being reified in a new era. If we don’t address this head-on, inequality will develop deeper roots that will further cement divisions in our lives.”

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