Bloggers of Color Pushing Past Segregation

Remember the posts about how whenever women take strong positions on their blogs they are harrassed and called out with sexually demeaning language? Guess what:

The Internet’s element of anonymity has allowed both relief from racism (people of color who shop and do business online don’t experience the racism they do offline) and, at the same time, emboldened racists hiding behind the mask of virtual reality. For bloggers of color who reveal their racial identity and whose blogs tackle race and cultural politics, this has meant contending with hate mail.

This really sucks big time. There is such a need for black (latino, asian, yadda) voices to be heard from the blogosphere but I think journalists aren’t realizing where/how to find these voices and also that they can turn to these bloggers when – oh my god – it isn’t an issue or angle strictly related to race. Nobody wants to be That One Black Blogger (he writes so well!) or That Gay Author (I never would have guessed!) or That Woman Doctor (she isn’t really that angry after all!) – that kind of qualifying language becomes an overlay and another filter between your reader, your language and your ideas.

This entry was posted in General on by .

About Andy Wibbels

Andy is an award-winning blogger and author of the book Blogwild! A Guide for Small Business Blogging. His work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Entrepreneur, Wired, Business Week, Forbes, and other national and international media. He was worked at several San Francisco startups including Get Satisfaction, SAY Media, InMobi, Keas, and Mindjet. Currently, Andy is Director of Marketing at Lucidworks. Tw · Fb · G+ · Li

One thought on “Bloggers of Color Pushing Past Segregation

  1. Glen

    I have been blogging since 2004 this is the first time that I have looked to tackle blogging from a black perspective. I’m not sure how its going to go but as a black male in the blogsphere it should be interesting thats for sure.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *