Writer: Glenn Corva
We have a lot to thank the 60s for. A decade that we now take for granted, the 60s was the starting point for the contemporary notion of accepting multiculturalism, and rejecting racism, in today’s modern world.
The public protests of the 60s were a battleground, and people were fighting to change public attitudes about civil rights. When African-American high school student, Claudette Colvin, refused to give up her seat on a public bus, with Rosa Parks following, the civil rights movement picked up momentum.
The social media realm has changed the battleground on which we fight for change to happen. Today if we want our voices to be heard, it is through a tirade of micro-messages which all accumulate to an overall opinion about an issue. Technology has basically disrupted and remodeled every aspect of life since the 60s, so that now a lot of protest efforts require online collaboration.
It can be simply down to luck of timing and the relevance of a message, but it can reach and influence on massive proportions. No longer do we wait and rely on word-of-mouth as a primary source of information. Social media constantly gathers more ground and speed to change and challenge perceptions on ethnicity, sexuality, gender roles and religion.
Now that we have a platform to voice our liberal opinions to a global audience, the true essence of what we desire can be expressed. Recently, traditional media’s portrayal of Muslims has generated a lot of bias and prejudice to the community as Australia goes to war with the US to target ISIS militants in Syria. The media has positioned the threat and fear of ISIS militants to be our next-door neighbours, however they have failed to give us (the public) any knowledge to truly identify what an ISIS militant would look like. Fear translate to hate, and it is a dangerous thing when ignorance takes place and generates racism to a whole community.