Cringey White People and The Black Lives Matter Movement
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During the early 2000s, social media became a popular digital platform where individuals could share their information with people they may not know. Over time, Instagram became more than just a social app. Political and economic purposes found their way onto Instagram, where news media stations such as CNN, FOX, and others post news images or videos In response to racial tensions in 2020 from George Floyd’s death from police brutality. Many White, Hispanic, or Black users have submitted different posts or videos showing support for the Black Lives Matter Movement, including various hashtags. My study examines 243 posts from 41 users over the course of a year for evidence on how posts may be cringey, performative activism, or slacktivism.