The “Twittersphere” has long proven itself to be the ultimate melting pot of ideas. It has the power to leave us laughing, crying, enraged, inspired, and all too often, disappointed in the span of one five-minute scroll through our timelines.
Within the stretch of the past three days, it has once more ignited the issues surrounding racial tension, police brutality and everything in between, bringing the subjects to their boiling point, and we hope this time that it’s for good.
While opinions over the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and most recently, fallen officers of the Dallas Police Department and Rapid Transit Authority have swarmed, fueling intense debate and even deeper thought, an overwhelming host of laudable remarks totaling 140 characters or less have particularly radiated throughout the social media platform, evoking a priceless excess of unabbreviated discussion surrounding race in America.
Check out these 15 tweets (in the midst of many) that have served to spark a much-appreciated dialogue this week.
Can u imagine someone saying that ISIS is justified in killing Americans bc Americans kill each other? That's logic of Black on Black crime
— Kunta QueenTe (@obaa_boni) July 7, 2016
If all lives matter… SHOW US!!! Prove it! Show us our bodies hold the same value. There is no excuse for the slaughter. None.
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) July 7, 2016
Remember, we shouldn't have to protest. We shouldn't have to be in the streets for their to be attention to the crisis of police violence.
— deray mckesson (@deray) July 8, 2016
We have fucking video proof and some of you still are all "well, uh, he shouldn't have moved his left leg so provocatively".
— John Legend (@johnlegend) July 7, 2016
So a man takes six shots and his mugshot gets used, she kills a homeless man and her selfie gets used???? pic.twitter.com/bnZXGOAOGa
— xach (@xanaxach) July 6, 2016
— Keke Palmer (@KekePalmer) July 7, 2016
1.Cops kills black dude
2.Officers go on paid-leave
3.No criminal punishment ensued
4.People riot for #AltonSterling.
5.Repeat, new city.
— Anonymous (@AnonyMobLive) July 6, 2016
I no longer want to hear about criminal records that have been given to black people by the same system that murders them in cold blood.
— D.J. Owens (@dannyowe) July 8, 2016
Shooting up a gay club: Everybody should be able to carry a gun!#AltonSterling murdered by cop: Welp, he shouldn't be carrying a gun!
— Jenni (@JenniDigital) July 6, 2016
innocent cops shouldn't have to pay for bad cops' actions #dallas
— Adam Vossen (@adamvss) July 8, 2016
Are any cops planning to publicly renounce police brutality or do only Muslims have to do that after every terrorist attack?
— Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) July 7, 2016
But we aren't killed because of our skin color… We aren't targeted. We aren't profiled. We aren't harassed. https://t.co/hyC7KyrG3i
— Alex From Trollget (@TROLLGAWDD) July 7, 2016
— WORLDSTARHIPHOP (@WORLDSTAR) July 8, 2016
Talk to em!! ✊?✊? pic.twitter.com/nndbAFr1SE
— Rodey (@rodey__rod) July 7, 2016
— Matt Wilstein (@TheMattWilstein) July 8, 2016