Not always a virtual land of quirky viral videos, blooper reels, cute puppies, and adorable kittens, YouTube is often a forum for hate, a safe haven for bigotry.
In the wake of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin's unjustifiable death, YouTube has become an outlet for angry folks to spew hatred. Florida City's Zoeja Lajan Jean is the latest.
The Haitian-born rapper's "All Black in My Hoodie" is a six-and-a-half minute-long protest song that encourages African Americans to start a racially charged "riot."
"Fuck all that bullshit, protest with justice/I feel like the Black Panthers, let's start a riot ... If we don't do shit, at least that cracker/Six months later, they're gonna kill another brother."
Everyone with a conscience and heart knows that Martin's death was unnecessary. And despite what his lawyers will argue, George Zimmerman's motives were clearly deeper than a commitment to his Neighborhood Watch program.
Inexplicably, race remains the elephant in American society's room. And disturbingly, YouTube is often a peek inside.
The following comments appear on Zoeja Lajan Jean's "All Black in my Hoodie" YouTube post; they're as racially tinged as the rapper's violent track is counterproductive to the fight against racial inequality.
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At press time, "All Black in my Hoodie" had generated 411 comments, the bulk of which were despicable. But what's worse, Jean's hateful song or his hateful commenters?
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