After April 20, 1999, “zero tolerance” was suddenly on everyone’s lips.
So it makes an intuitive sense to suppose that the mindset emerged directly as a reaction to Columbine and to the other school shootings that had happened in the years before.
But the reality is that it was not new. Until 1999 it had been applied mainly in urban schools with poor, minority student populations. Public mention of the policy had been restricted to occasional discussions about the overlap of education and law enforcement, with the occasional fretting about “is the trade-off worth it?” Columbine was simply the break in the levee, the disaster that sent problems that had long been safely confined to disadvantaged urban schools rolling over the walls and into affluent, white suburbia…
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#CrimingWhileWhite Explodes on Twitter Following Eric Garner Decision (The Huffington Post)
The grand jury decision not to bring charges in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, announced Wednesday, was followed with public demonstrations in cities across the nation — and the Internet. #BlackLivesMatter and #HandsUpDontShoot have played a large role in addressing racial profiling and police brutality issues on social media, but there’s a new hashtag in town: #CrimingWhileWhite. USA Today Shortly after news of the ruling broke, #blacklivesmatter started trending on Twitter. In the hour afterward, there were more than 13,000 tweets using the hashtag, according to Twitter analytics tool Topsy. The Washington Post As thousands of people tweeted on Wednesday night, many of the messages were serious. Others were random, highly political, and, indeed, irrelevant. There’s no way to verify the #CrimingWhileWhite confessions in the tweets, but the hashtag represents an expression by whites who are disturbed by the continuing racial disparities in the criminal justice system. ABC News Critics attacked the NYPD after it posted a tweet in response to the Eric Garner decision, writing, “The #NYPD is committed to rebuilding public trust. #Wehearyou.” At about 4:15 p.m., city officials were notified by New York City’s digital director to “stop all outbound social content until further notice.” New York Daily News “My prayers are with the family of #EricGarner during this most difficult time. #TheSystemIsBroken,” tweeted Michael Brown’s attorney, Benjamin Crump. “Guess I should not be stunned. But I am stunned & angry,” tweeted Brad Lander, the city council’s deputy leader for policy. “Video. Prohib’td chokehold. Coroner says homicide. This is not justice.”
Upload a Photo on Social Media, and Toyota Will Donate 10 Car Seats for Kids (Adweek)
Toyota is turning mobile photo uploads on Twitter and Instagram into a philanthropic opportunity. For every photo that people post with the hashtag #BuckleUpForLife through Dec. 31, the brand will donate 10 car seats to Buckle Up for Life, a program that works with children’s hospitals to educate parents on car-seat safety.
The Surprising Book That Tumblr CEO David Karp Wants to Gift for the Holidays (ABC News Radio)
When Tumblr CEO David Karp was asked what book he would gift to others this holiday season, it wasn’t a techy book or something many other high school dropouts would probably offer. Speaking on a panel at the Business Insider Ignition conference in New York City Wednesday afternoon, Karp said the book he would give as a gift to others is “Meditations,” by Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (121-180 AD).
#Hillary, #TedCruz Rule Social Media (POLITICO)
Social media has no doubt who the most buzzworthy potential presidential candidates are at the moment for 2016: Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz together accounted for 40 percent of the discussion on Facebook and nearly half — 47 percent — of mentions on Twitter among 10 top presidential possibilities in the past three months, according to new data provided to POLITICO by Facebook and Twitter. Meanwhile, Jeb Bush’s big name didn’t spark much chatter at all.
All You Want For Christmas is a Smart TV (LostRemote)
Black Friday and Cyber Monday stats are rolling in, and while “chaos” might be the best keyword to describe the weekend shopping event, television brands are driving the conversation. According to The Drum, Sony and Samsung were big winners in terms of social mentions.